Weevils Pull Away Late For 10-Point Win Over Delta State

Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

 

tv Sports reflection 10dbMONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team outscored Delta State 13-5 in the final five minutes of Saturday’s non-conference 53-43 win for UAM’s fourth consecutive victory over the Statesmen in the past two seasons.

   Prior to UAM’s run in the final five minutes of the second half, the two squads went back-and-forth with 11 tie scores and 13 lead changes. UAM (5-4) grabbed the lead for the final time on a five-foot jumper from junior Jamal Nixon to put his team on top 37-36 with 8:26 remaining.

   DSU (2-5) held the largest lead of the first half at 21-16 following a quick 5-0 run capped off by a put back from Terry Leake at the 3:09 mark. UAM responded with a 6-0 run to close out the first half to take a one-point lead of 22-21 at the break.

   Neither team led by more than four points in the first 15 minutes of the second half before UAM used its late surge to seal the season sweep over the Statesmen. UAM defeated DSU earlier this season with a 51-48 victory in Cleveland, Miss. on Nov. 20.

   As a team, UAM shot 37 percent from the field (16-of-43), 17 percent on three-pointers (3-of-18) and 69 percent on foul shots (18-of-26). DSU shot 29 percent from the field (15-of-51), 33 percent on three-pointers (6-of-18) and 58 percent on foul shots (7-of-12).

   UAM was outrebounded 38-29, but the Boll Weevils held a 20-8 scoring advantage in the paint and a 16-10 edge on points off turnovers after forcing 19 DSU miscues.

   Three Boll Weevils finished in double-figures in scoring with senior Kori Forge leading the way with 15 points. Nixon and junior Josh Gibson each added 12 points in the win.

   DSU’s Terry Leake led all scorers with a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds.

   The Boll Weevils conclude the non-conference portion of the 2012-13 schedule with its final game of the 2012 calendar year against Southwest Baptist on Monday, Dec. 17 at home. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. inside Steelman Fieldhouse.

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