Boll Weevils Winning Streak Continues

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Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s men’s basketball team extended its winning streak to five on Saturday at home with a 78-61 victory over Harding in Great American Conference action.

   In terms of GAC Tournament seeding, the victory moves UAM (16-8, 11-7 GAC) into a two-way tie for second place with Harding, and keeps the hopes alive of winning the regular season championship.

   The Boll Weevils recorded its second-highest scoring output of the year in conference games on Saturday in the win over Harding, shooting 53 percent from the field (29-of-55), 39 percent on three-pointers (7-of-18) and 87 percent on foul shots (13-of-15).

   UAM outscored Harding (18-8, 11-7 GAC) 38-25 in the first half, using a 19-6 run in the final 10 minutes of the opening period to give the team a double-digit lead at the break.

   The Boll Weevils opened the second half on a 9-0 spurt to get to a 20-point lead in the first three minutes. UAM maintained that lead for the next 10 minutes, before Harding used an 11-0 run to get to within seven points of UAM with 7:01 remaining in regulation. UAM answered immediately with a 14-0 scoring run over the next three minutes to on top by 21 points with 3:50 remaining. UAM never led by less than 17 points in the final three minutes.

   Senior Kori Forge inched closer to the 1,000-point mark on Saturday with a game-high 27 points on an 8-for-17 shooting performance, including a 6-for-12 outing on three-pointers. Forge is seven points away from reaching 1,000 career points with two regular-season games remaining.

   Juniors Jamal Nixon and Dayton Mickens each added 14 points. UAM forced 18 turnovers, recorded 13 steals and blocked seven shots.

   Harding shot 43 percent from the field (24-of-56), led by Hayden Johnson, Zach Roddenberry and Adam Sterrenberg with 10 points each.

   The Boll Weevils are back in action on Thursday, Feb. 28 on the road against Southern Arkansas. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Magnolia.

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