BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Brandon Wilson had a day to forget and the Arkansas-Monticello men were stunned in the first round of the Great American Conference tournament.
Sixth-seeded Henderson State finished the game on a 23-10 run to upset third-seeded UAM, 65-61, on Thursday in the GAC tourney at Bruin Fieldhouse.
Wilson, named first-team All-GAC on Wednesday, played just nine minutes due to foul trouble. The senior fouled out with 3:47 remaining in regulation having scored just four points on 1-of-2 shooting.
Wilson, who finished with less than 10 points for just the second time this season, picked up a pair of fouls within the first two minutes of the game and sat the rest of the first half.
Even with Wilson struggling, UAM was in control on the game nearly halfway through the second half.
Junior Kenric McCants nailed a three-pointer with 12:19 remaining in regulation to put the Boll Weevils (19-10) up 51-42. The Reddies (13-16) responded with a 11-2 run over the next four minutes to force a 53-all tie with 8:09 remaining on a tip-in from Charles Wesley.
Henderson State took its first lead of the second half with 2:13 remaining on a layup by Deoirvay Johnson, and the Reddies did not allow another lead change in the game.
UAM managed to tie the game at 60-60 with 1:04 remaining on a pair of made free throws from junior Sharif Hudson, but HSU took the lead for good on a jumper by Taylor Smith with 44 seconds to go.
There were nine lead changes and eight tie scores in the first half, including a 34-all lock at the halftime break. The Reddies led by as much as five points in the opening 20 minutes on a jumper from Smith at the 15:39 mark to put his team up 12-7. UAM led by as much as three points on three different occasions in the first half.
The Weevils finished the game shooting 51 percent from the field (23 for 45), 44 percent on three-pointers (7 for 16) and 53 percent on foul shots (8-for-15). The Reddies shot 43 percent from the field (26 for 61), 25 percent on three-pointers (5-for-20) and 50 percent on foul shots (8 for 16).
UAM tied a season-high with 17 turnovers, which led to 11 HSU points.
Hudson led all scorers with 17 points and also turned in a game-high nine rebounds. Senior Brandon Sims and junior Tre Wells also reached double-digits in scoring with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Johnson led the Reddies, who had lost twice to the Weevils this season, with 15 points in 31 minutes off the bench.