Second-Half Slump Results In Road Loss

Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

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RUSSELLVILLE – Arkansas Tech outscored the University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team 50-33 in the second half to defeat the Weevils by a final score of 86-72 on Thursday night inside Tucker Coliseum.

   The Wonder Boys led for the majority of the first 10 minutes of the first half, holding as much as a five-point advantage on two different occasions. The Weevils took over at the 10:30 mark of the opening period and led for the remainder of the half.

   UAM used a 7-0 run starting at the nine-minute mark to get on top by 10 points with 5:36 remaining in the first 20 minutes. Tech quickly responded with a 9-0 run to cut UAM’s lead to one point with just under two minutes remaining. The Weevils led 39-36 at halftime.

   Both teams started the second half shooting around 80 percent in the first six minutes. However, UAM was the first to go cold, and with ATU’s 21-3 scoring run over a period of six minutes, the Weevils were down 17 points with 7:30 remaining in regulation. ATU maintained at least a 12-point lead for the remainder of the game.

   The Weevils’ second-half percentages continually fell throughout the second half, while the Wonder Boys’ numbers hovered above 60 percent for the final 20 minutes. UAM finished the game shooting 46 percent from the field (29-for-63), 39 percent on three-pointers (7-for-18) and 35 percent on foul shots (7-for-20). ATU shot 55 percent from the field (31-for-56), 60 percent on three-pointers (9-for-15) and 65 percent on foul shots (15-for-23).

   Junior D’Audrio Patton led the Weevils and extended his streak to five straight games reaching double-digits in scoring. The Ruston, La. native racked up 18 points and added seven rebounds. Senior Jared Harrison followed with 14 points, senior Brandon Wilson had 12 and junior Sharif Hudson reached double-digits at 10 points.

   Kendall Pinkney led the Wonder Boys with 17 points. Bobby Hatchett added 16.

   The Weevils are back in action this Saturday at home against Harding. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. inside Steelman Field House.



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