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RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas-Monticello handed Arkansas Tech only its third home conference loss in three seasons Thursday night, knocking off the No. 22 Wonder Boys 78-69 at Tucker Coliseum.
UAM (11-2, 1-0 Great American Conference) went on a 17-0 run over a 4-minute span after trailing 9-5 in the early going. A.J. Calhoun put an exclamation point on the rally with an alley-oop dunk from Sergio Crowe. With a final push, the Wonder Boys closed the gap to 35-26 at halftime.
Arkansas Tech managed to cut the lead down to 58-55, with 5:53 remaining in the game, but UAM was not to be denied.
L.A. Farmer led the Weevils, matching his career-high 28 points and nine rebounds in 39 minutes. He had 28 earlier in the season against Philander Smith.
Sergio Crowe, Kori Forge, and Ricardo Hall scored 17, 14, and 11 points, respectively, for UAM. Arkansas Tech was led by Will Hall’s double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The 2009-10 Boll Weevils knocked off the then top-ranked Wonder Boys 58-51. The other conference loss for Arkansas Tech came to Ouachita Baptist last season.
No. 1 Arkansas Tech 76, UAM 68
The Cotton Blossoms (4-7, 0-1 Great American) led 50-49 with 12:14 remaining, and the game went back-and-forth from before the Golden Suns could stretch out their lead and take the conference opener.
Arkansas Tech led 11-0 at one point and was ahead 42-33 at halftime. Chelsea Johnson scored 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds in 37 minutes to lead UAM, while Candace Virgadamo added 14 points.
Natalia Santo led Arkansas Tech with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The UAM men’s and women’s teams will return home Saturday to host Southeastern Oklahoma State.