Weevils topple No. 22 Rams by 9


MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello men’s basketball team overcame an early 12-point deficit to knock off Division II 22nd-ranked Angelo State (Texas) 90-81 on Saturday and extend its winning streak to six games.

Jared Harrison led all scorers with 23 points in the win. Also for the Boll Weevils, Brandon Sims scored 17 points, Brandon Wilson had 14 and Sharif Hudson added 11.

Angelo State (10-2) led by 12 points at the 13:16 of the first half before UAM (8-2) chipped away. The Boll Weevils posted a 13-4 run that lasted more than 4 minutes to take its first lead, going ahead by three on a Harrison three-point basket with 5:27 left in the half. That was the first and only lead change of the game.

After trailing 44-40 at halftime, the Rams got within two points, then UAM used an 8-2 run to build a double-digit lead. UAM’s lead never fell below six points until the final 4 minutes.

Harrison converted four technical shots to put UAM back on top by 10 points with 3:30 remaining. Angelo State got within four, but UAM made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 43 seconds to secure the win.

The Weevils shot 46 percent (25 of 54) from the floor, 63 percent (10 of 16) from three-point range and 79 percent on free throws (30 of 38). The Rams made 52 percent (29 of 54) from the floor, 44 percent (7 of 16) from three-point range and 64 percent (16 of 25) on foul shots.

Chris Talkington and Kenny Williams led Angelo State with 17 points each.

UAM’s men’s and women’s teams will return to action Jan. 2 at home against East Central (Okla.).

WOMEN

UAM 101, Crowley’s Ridge 44

MONTICELLO — The Cotton Blossoms (5-4) scored 100 points for the first time in third year coach Tanya Ray’s career.

The Blossoms limited the Lady Pioneers to 13 made field goals for the game and scored 45 points off their 36 turnovers. UAM also dominated the paint 52-14 and scored 47 points off the bench.

Nikki Mullen led all scorers with 19 points in just 20 minutes for UAM. She made 8 of 10 field goals and added five rebounds, five assists and five steals.

Also for UAM, Monique Biggins and Vivianna Carter each scored 13 points, Donlicia James added 11 and Tamia Grady and Jordan Goforth each had 10.