Tigers stop Blossoms’ 2-game win streak

MONTICELLO — Arkansas-Monticello tried to even its Great American Conference record at 2-2 but instead evened its overall record at 5-5 after East Central (Okla.) took a 66-54 win from the Cotton Blossoms on Thursday.

The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Blossoms, who also lost their second straight GAC contest.

The Blossoms fell despite getting 20-point games each from Jordan Goforth and Tamia Grady. Goforth hit 7 of 14 shots from the field and had four rebounds, while Grady played the entire 40 minutes.

It was a rough first half for UAM, which started with a 4-0 lead but trailed 31-14 at halftime. East Central (7-4, 2-3 GAC) went on a 15-0 run to close the first 20 minutes.

The Blossoms hit only 4 of 23 field goals and missed all seven three-point attempts in the frame, but made 14 of 30 from the field in the second half, including 5 of 12 from the perimeter. They made 13 of 21 free throws for 61.9 percent in the game.

UAM pulled within 52-49 on a Goforth trey with 5:32 left, but East Central gradually pulled away and pushed the lead back up to double digits at 61-51 with 43 seconds to go.

The Tigers made 26 of 57 from the field (45.6 percent), including 6 of 17 threes, and hit all eight free throws. They did not shoot from the line in the first half.

East Central had four players in double figures: Alycea Price with 14 points, Ashley Robison with 12, Erin Walling with 11 and Dilan Webster with 10.