Hot-shooting Tigers hand Weevils worst loss of season


ADA, Okla. — An incredible 67-percent shooting percentage by East Central (Okla.) plus a season-worst 35-percent shooting clip by Arkansas-Monticello led to the Boll Weevils’ worst loss of the season on Saturday.

The Tigers made 16-of-20 shots (80 percent) in the second half after making 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) in the first half to cruise to a 78-60 Great American Conference win.

The Weevils (15-8, 8-7 GAC) struggled in the first nine minutes of the game, only having two made field goals at the 10:57 mark and a deficit of 20-10. A 14-2 run, though, helped UAM grab its first and only lead of the game on a bucket by junior Kenric McCants at the 5:20 mark to give his team a 24-22 lead.

UAM started the second half much like it did the first, being held without a made field goal in the first seven minutes. The slump allowed the Tigers (14-7, 11-4) to turn a three-point lead at halftime into a 16-point lead at the 13:40 mark.

Senior Brandon Wilson led UAM with 16 points, followed by McCants and junior Sharif Hudson with 10 points each. ECU’s Brandon Lucas led all scorers with 17 points.

The loss wrapped up a four-game stretch in Oklahoma with the Weevils going 2-2 in those games.

UAM returns to the state of Arkansas for its final five games of the regular season, four of which are home games. The first of those home contests is against Southern Nazarene (Okla.). The men’s game will follow the women’s game set to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday.

WOMEN

East Central 70, UAM 51

ADA, Okla. — The Arkansas-Monticello women’s basketball team managed just 14 field goals, including only five in the second half, in a 70-51 loss to East Central (Okla.) on Saturday.

After trailing by 11 points at halftime, UAM (5-16, 1-14 Great American Conference) was unable to trim its deficit back to single digits throughout the final 20 minutes. ECU reached its largest lead of 19 points in the final minute of regulation.

The Lady Tigers (15-6, 10-5) closed out the final four minutes of the first half outscoring UAM 11-4 grab a 36-25 lead at the break.

UAM sophomore Nikki Mullen led all scorers with 19 points on a 5-for-7 shooting performance, including UAM’s only two made three-pointers on four attempts. Junior Brandae Carroll also reached double digits with 10 points.

Taylor Fischer led the Lady Tigers with 17 points.