Forge Joins 1,000 Point Club, Weevils Squashed By SAU

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Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

MAGNOLIA – Senior Kori Forge scored a game-high 20 points in a 70-68 overtime loss to Southern Arkansas Thursday night on the road to give him a career total of 1,013 points. This makes him the 25th edition to the University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball 1,000 point club and the first to reach the milestone in the two-year history of the Great American Conference.

   Forge had six points in the first half and hit a layup at the 15:45 mark of the second half to push him over the 1,000 point mark for his two-year career at UAM. He becomes just the third Boll Weevil to score 1,000 points in their only two seasons while wearing the green and white.

   Southern Arkansas (10-15, 6-13 GAC) led for the entire game, with one exception –  a three-pointer from Forge at the 2:24 mark of the first half to give UAM (16-9, 11-8 GAC) a 24-23 lead. SAU closed the first half on a 7-3 scoring run to take a three-point lead into the locker room at halftime.

   UAM outscored SAU 32-29 in the second half, but was never able to force a tie score until the final 13 seconds, when junior Josh Gibson made one of two free throw attempts to knot the score at 59-all. SAU was called for an offensive foul on the other end, setting UAM up with a potential game-winning situation, but a missed three-pointer at the buzzer from Gibson sent the game into an extra period, UAM’s second overtime game of the season.

   The Muleriders scored the first six points in overtime, and stretched that lead to eight points on a pair of free-throws from Ricky Allen with 1:18 remaining. UAM responded with a 7-0 scoring run in less than a minute to get to within one point with 14 seconds on the clock on a put-back dunk from junior Dayton Mickens.

   Mickens fouled SAU’s Tevin Worthy on the ensuing inbound pass, and Worthy finalized the scoring with one free-throw on the other end. UAM missed two layups and a three-pointer in the final eight seconds.

   For the game, UAM shot 35 percent from the field (27-of-77), 26 percent on three-pointers (5-of-19) and 45 percent on foul shots (9-of-20). SAU shot 55 percent from the field (31-of-56), 29 percent on three-pointers (5-of-17) and 30 percent on foul shots (3-of-10).

   In addition to Forge’s game-high 20 points, Mickens and junior Brandon Sims also reached double-digits with 12 points each. Mickens picked up his third double-double of the season with 10 rebounds. Senior A.J. Calhoun tied SAU’s Tevin Worthy for the game-high in rebounds with 11.

   SAU was led by Chris Davis with 14 points.

   The Boll Weevils conclude the regular season on Saturday, March 2 on the road against Ouachita Baptist. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. at Bill Vining Arena in Arkadelphia.


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