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Digest for 12-15-13


LOCAL

Weevils collect fourth straight win

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello men’s basketball team had 52 points in the pain and 41 paints off turnovers to lead to the team’s fourth consecutive victory in an 88-48 win over Central Baptist College Saturday at home.

Senior Brandon Wilson led the Weevils with a career-high 26 points and added seven rebounds and four blocked shots to his final totals. The Rayville, La. native was 9-for-10 from the field and 8-for-13 at the free throw line. Seniors Dayton Mickens and Brandon Sims also reached double-digits in scoring with 13 and 11 points respectively.

Junior Kenric McCants aided the UAM offense with a career-high 10 assists, marking the program’s first double-digit assist performance since Ricardo Hall’s triple-double of 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 71-62 win over Centenary during the 2010-11 season.

In addition to the double-digit scoring trio of Wilson, Mickens and Sims, senior Lonnie Cottrell added nine points and five boards in 21 minutes off the bench.

The Weevils continue their current five-game home stand on Tuesday, December 17 against Philander Smith. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. inside Steelman Field House.

NATIONAL

Navy tops Army

PHILADELPHIA — Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds set an NCAA record and the Midshipmen had little trouble in another win over Army.

Able to keep his footing despite snowy conditions at Lincoln Financial Field, Reynolds rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns Saturday and the Midshipmen beat the Black Knights for the 12th straight time with a 34-7 victory.

Reynolds had a 47-yard touchdown run in the first half and added two more in the fourth quarter to break the record for touchdown runs by a quarterback in one season with 29.

Navy (8-4) pushed its winning streak to four games going into the Armed Forces Bowl against Middle Tennessee on Dec. 30 — its 10th bowl game in 11 years.

Noah Copeland added a 39-yard touchdown run in the victory as the Midshipmen extended their record winning streak in the series, which dates to 1890.

NHL hands Thornton 15-game ban

The National Hockey League issued a 15-game suspension to Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton on Saturday for his attack on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik during last weekend’s meeting between the teams.

The long-awaited ruling came seven days after Thornton was given a major penalty and game misconduct for sucker-punching Orpik during the first period of an eventual 3-2 Bruins victory.

Thornton has already sat out Boston’s last three games while awaiting a hearing from the league, which took place Friday in New York, meaning he will be eligible to return for the Bruins’ visit to San Jose on Jan. 11. The veteran enforcer also will forfeit $84,615.45 in salary for his actions.

Towson eliminates EIU behind an unstoppable West

Charaleston, Ill. — Juinor tailback Terrance West rushed for a playoff-record 354 yards as well as five touchdowns to earn the seventh-seeded Tigers a 49-39 win at second-seeded Eastern Illinois and their first-ever berth in the semifinals.

The game was billed as a battle of top Walter Payton Award finalists between West and national passing leader Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois. Each hopes to have his name called Monday night as the outstanding player in the FCS, as does Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams.

West, the 2011 Jerry Rice Award winner as the national freshman of the year, enjoyed his biggest game ever on snow-covered O’Brien Field. He averaged over nine yards on his 39 carries as Towson posted its 11th straight road win, including eight this season.