Wells Sparks Weevils To Overtime Win

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MONTICELLO – Junior Tre Wells gave the University of Arkansas-Monticello’s men’s basketball team 16 points, seven rebounds and two tv Sports reflection 10dbblocked shots in 18 minutes off the bench to lead the Weevils to their first overtime victory of the season in a 75-72 win over Henderson State Saturday at home.

   Saturday’s game marked the third overtime game of the season for UAM and the second straight game decided in an extra five minutes. UAM shot 58 percent from the free throw line in the win over HSU, but sealed the victory by making 8-of-10 foul shots in the overtime period.

   The Reddies (8-11, 4-7 GAC) controlled the first half except for one occasion. A pair of free throws from UAM junior Jordan Weaver at the 4:56 mark gave the Weevils (13-6, 6-5 GAC) their only lead of the opening period. The Reddies led by as many as seven points on five different occasions in the first 20 minutes, including a 5-0 run in the final 1:37 of the half to hold a 34-27 lead at the break.

   HSU maintained 7-9 point leads throughout the first six minutes of the second half. Down 46-37 at the 14:18 mark of the second half, UAM posted a 9-0 scoring run to force the game’s fourth tie score on a jumper from Wells at the 12:17 mark.

   Wells played a factor three minutes later on a put back from a missed free throw to give UAM its first lead of the second half with 11:03 remaining. Wells made one of two foul shots on UAM’s next possession to give the Weevils a 52-49 lead with 10:36 remaining.

   UAM grew its lead to as much as four points in the final five minutes of the second half on a three-pointer from sophomore Ryan Lensing with 4:56 remaining.

   HSU used a pair of three pointers and outscored UAM 8-4 in the final three minutes to force an extra period.

   Of UAM’s 10 points in overtime, eight came at the foul line. Four of those foul shots came from senior Jared Harrison, who finished the game with 10 points.

   Senior Brandon Wilson led all scorers with 19 points. Wells followed with 16 after making 6-of-9 field goals in the win. Senior Dayton Mickens followed with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

   Melvin Haynes led the Reddies with 17 points. Ronald Lawson added a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds.

   The Weevils are back in action Thursday, January 30 on the road against Northwestern Oklahoma State to start a four-game road swing, all in the state of Oklahoma. Thursday’s tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Alva, Okla.


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