SEARCY — Arkansas-Monticello men’s coach Allen Sharpe said on Thursday that he had never won at Harding but it was a fun place to play.
Well, Saturday night was undoubtedly the most fun Sharpe’s had inside Rhodes Field House as the Boll Weevils walked away with a 72-70 win over the Bisons.
The key to UAM’s win was its inside play, which included a 37-27 rebounding edge and 42-20 advantage on points in the paint.
The Bisons (12-12, 9-9 Great American Conference) led for the entire first half, including a double-digit advantage midway through the opening period. They maintained the lead throughout the first six minutes of the second half before the Weevils (17-9, 10-8 GAC) got on top for the first time on a layup from junior Sharif Hudson at the 13:24 mark to put his team up 51-50.
Harding was able to tie the score twice in the final three minutes, but Hudson answered both times with made layups in the final one minute and three seconds.
Brandon Wilson led UAM with 20 points. Brandon Sims chipped in with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Kenric McCants and junior Tre Wells also reached double digits with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Harding’s Jacob Gibson led all scorers with 23 points.
Harding 84, UAM 54
SEARCY — UAM was blown out in its final road game of the season by No. 4-ranked Harding on Saturday.
The Cotton Blossoms (6-18, 2-16 Great American Conference) could not overcome a 10-0 run from the Lady Bisons (25-1, 17-1 GAC) in the first four minutes of the second half. That run put Harding up by 27 points after holding a 14-point lead at the halftime break.
The Blossoms stayed within seven points of the Lady Bisons in the first 12 minutes of the first half before Harding used a 12-1 run over a span of nearly four minutes to get on top by 16 points at the 3:11 mark of the opening period.
UAM finished the game shooting 43 percent from the field (19-for-44), 50 percent on three pointers (5-for-10) and 65 percent on foul shots (11-for-17). The Lady Bisons shot 49 percent from the field (35-for-72), 40 percent on three pointers (6-for-15) and 67 percent on foul shots (8-for-12).
Sophomore Jordan Goforth led UAM with 19 points. Harding’s Kristen Celsor led all scorers with 21 points.