Savage Storm strikes visiting Boll Weevils

DURANT, Okla. — A big second half by the Southeastern Oklahoma State men’s basketball team was too much for Arkansas-Monticello to overcome on the road Thursday night.

UAM led 30-29 at halftime, but Southeastern outscored the Boll Weevils 45-31 in the second half to earn the Savage Storm a 74-62 Great American Conference win at Sullivan Arena.

The Weevils had four players reach double-figures, but they couldn’t stop the Savage Storm’s trio of Taylor Smaller, Urald King and Darius Harris.

Smaller, who hit six threes, had game-highs in points (20) and assists (eight). King finished with 19 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Harris added 19 points and six rebounds for the Savage Storm (5-12, 3-9 GAC).

Brandon Wilson led UAM (15-6, 8-5) with 16 points and six rebounds.

Jared Harrison, Dayton Mickens and Sharif Hudson added 12, 11, and 10 points, respectively.

UAM attempted nearly twice as many three-pointers in the game (26 to 14). However, the Weevils only made one more from behind the arc than the Savage Storm (7 to 6).

The game featured 44 free throws nearly evenly distributed (23 for Southeastern, 21 for UAM), but the Savage Storm made twice as many of their foul shots (16-8).


Southeastern Oklahoma 68, UAM 63

DURANT, Okla. — UAM came up just shy of pulling off an incredible come-from-behind win over Southeastern Oklahoma State on Thursday night inside Sullivan Arena.

UAM trailed by 20 points with under 12 minutes to play, but a 14-0 in the final 4 minutes had them within three with 29 seconds remaining.

The Cotton Blossoms (5-15, 1-13 GAC) had a chance to tie the game on a three-pointer by sophomore Jordan Goforth with 3 seconds remaining. The shot missed and bounced off senior Raija McWright’s leg and out of bounds, forcing UAM to foul.

Shelby Hill made a pair of free throws to seal the win for Southeastern (12-7, 9-4).

Goforth, who was 8 for 13 from the field, tied the Savage Storm’s Emily Williams for the game-high with 22 points.