Free throws doom Boll Weevils in rivalry

MAGNOLIA — Arkansas-Monticello missed 19 free throw attempts in a 99-97 overtime loss to Southern Arkansas on Thursday.

UAM (12-6, 5-5 Great American Conference) finished the game 31 for 50 at the line for 62 percent, while its counterpart shot 88 percent on free throws, making 37 for 42. Overall, there were 60 fouls called, 42 coming in the second half alone. UAM missed three free throws in the final minute of overtime and missed two in the final minutes of the second half. UAM led in the final minute of each of those periods.

A three-pointer from SAU’s Reece Dunlap with 8 seconds remaining in overtime sealed the win for the Muleriders.

A technical foul assessed to UAM for having six players on the court allowed SAU to trim the deficit to two points with 24 seconds left in regulation. A pair of free throws from junior Kenric McCants put UAM back on top by four points with 20 seconds left.

SAU (7-8, 4-6 GAC) got to within one point with 16 seconds remaining on an old-fashioned three-point play from Tyrell Taylor and forced an overtime period on a put-back dunk from Jeffrey Walker with 5 seconds remaining.

UAM posted five scorers in double-digits, led by Jared Harrison’s 21 points. Senior Brandon Wilson finished with 19, senior Dayton Mickens had 17, junior Sharif Hudson had 16 and junior Kenric McCants had 14.


Southern Arkansas 79, UAM 55

MAGNOLIA — UAM gave up 21 points off 20 turnovers in a 79-55 loss to Southern Arkansas on Thursday night.

Sophomores Tamia Grady, Jordan Goforth and Nikki Mullen led UAM in scoring. Grady had 17 points, Goforth had 16 and Mullen had 11.