Digest for 12-10-13


LOCAL

UAM games versus OBU rescheduled

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello men’s and women’s basketball games against Ouachita Baptist that were postponed by inclement weather have been rescheduled.

The Great American Conference games, originally scheduled for last Saturday at Ouachita Baptist, are now scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 5:30 (women’s) and 7:30 p.m. (men’s) in Arkadelphia.

STATE

A-State to face Ball State in GoDaddy Bowl

JONESBORO — Arkansas State will face its third different Mid-American Conference team in three years when it takes on Ball State in the 2014 GoDaddy Bowl.

The Sun Belt Conference champs will take on the MAC’s West Division runner-up on Jan. 5 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

A-State lost to Northern Illinois, 38-20, in the 2012 GoDaddy Bowl, but defeated Kent State, 17-13, in last season’s edition of the bowl game.

The Cardinals finished the season at 10-2 with a 7-1 mark in the MAC, while the Red Wolves ended the regular season with a 7-5 record. ASU finished tied atop the Sun Belt standings with Louisiana-Lafayette with a 5-2 conference mark.

Bowl tickets are $45 per ticket when purchased through the A-State ticket office. Fans can go to AStateRedWolves.com and click on “Bowl Game Central” to order tickets online. The ticket office, located at the Convocation Center’s lower red entrance, will also take walk-up orders or telephone orders (972-2781).

REGIONAL

Morgan won’t return as MVSU coach

ITTA BENA, Miss. — Mississippi Valley State is not bringing head football coach Karl Morgan back next year after he compiled an 8-35 record in four seasons.

The SWAC school said on Monday that Morgan’s contract will not be renewed when it expires Dec. 31.

The Delta Devils finished 2-9 this season, including 2-7 in SWAC games.

“We feel that it is imperative that we move the football program in a different direction. We would like to thank Coach Morgan for his years of service to MVSU,” the athletic program said in a statement.

Morgan’s best season was in 2012, when Mississippi Valley State finished 5-4 in the SWAC and 5-6 overall. He became the first MVSU coach to lead victories over Southern and Grambling State in the same season since Archie Cooley in 1984.

Randolph leads Memphis past Orlando

MEMPHIS — Zach Randolph posted 19 points and 12 rebounds to guide the Memphis Grizzlies to a 94-85 win over the Orlando Magic at FedExForum.

Jon Leuer added 16 points and 12 rebounds off the bench while Mike Conley finished with 13 points and seven assists for the Grizzlies, who had dropped five of seven entering the contest.

Nick Calathes donated a career-high eight assists in the triumph.

Andrew Nicholson poured in 19 points along with 11 rebounds and four blocks and Jameer Nelson added 19 points and five assists for the Magic, losers in six straight.

Arron Afflalo added 17 points and Glen Davis finished with 16 points and nine rebounds in the setback.