McCants' free throws rescue Weevils

ARKADELPHIA – Junior Kenric McCants made two free throws with 3 seconds remaining to lead the Arkansas-Monticello men’s basketball team to a 66-65 win over Henderson State on the road Thursday night.

After the Reddies (4-5, 1-2 GAC) took their first lead of the second half with 18 seconds remaining on a layup from Reggie Murphy, McCants was fouled on the way to basket on the other end to set up the game-winning free throws. A desperation three-pointer from HSU’s Deoirvay Johnson at the buzzer was blocked by senior Brandon Wilson to seal the UAM victory.

UAM (5-2, 2-1 GAC) grew its lead to eight points early in the second half on a layup and a free throw from junior Sharif Hudson at the 19:32 mark and again on a layup from senior Brandon Wilson 30 seconds later.

Holding the Reddies scoreless for over 4 minutes, the Weevils grew their lead to as much as 12 points at the 14:17 mark on a running jumper in the lane from Harrison.

Jared Harrison led the Boll Weevils in scoring with 16 points. Wilson and McCants also reached double digits with 13 and 12 points, respectively. UAM ended the game shooting 46 percent from the field (26-for-57), 33 percent on three-pointers (6-for-18) and 68 percent on foul shots (8-for-12).

HSU’s Reggie Murphy led all players with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. The Reddies finished the game shooting 51 percent from the field (26-for-51), 28 percent on three-pointers (5-for-18) and 57 percent on foulshots (8-for-14).

Weather permitting, the Weevils are scheduled to return to the court on Saturday back in Arkadelphia against Ouachita Baptist. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.