Weevils Look To Continue Winning Ways

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MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s men’s basketball team looks to extend its current two-game winning streak this weekend, hosting Northwestern Oklahoma State Thursday and Southwestern Oklahoma State Saturday for games two and three of a four-game home stand.

Thursday’s tipoff against NWOSU is slated for 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s game against SWOSU is set for 3 p.m. Both games can be heard on the UAM Sports Network at KHBM-FM 93.7 and online at uamsports.com. Links to live audio, live video and live stats can be found at http://www.uamsports.com/coverage.aspx.

tv Sports reflection 10dbFor the first time, the Weevils have won back-to-back games in an 85-61 road win over Southeastern Oklahoma State last Thursday and a 92-75 non-conference win over Central Baptist this past Saturday to start the team’s current home stand. UAM is 5-6 overall and 2-5 in Great American Conference games.

By scoring at least 85 points in each of their past two wins, the Weevils have upped their season average to 75 points per game, ranking fourth in the GAC. The team ranks ninth in scoring defense, giving up 74 points per outing. In the past two games, UAM has totaled 23 and 24 assists, respectively, accounting for nearly 35 percent of the team’s overall assist total this season. Those assists have also aided UAM’s overall field goal percentage, which has been above .500 for the past two games.

Senior Sharif Hudson leads UAM and ranks seventh in the GAC at 15.7 points per game. Junior Jamal Peterson follows at 11th in the league with 14.1 points per outing. Senior D’Audrio Patton rounds out UAM’s trio of double-digit scorers at 10.5 points per game. Patton leads UAM on the boards at 6.5 rebounds per contest.

The Rangers snapped a seven-game losing streak this past Saturday at home with a 68-67 win over Henderson State. NWOSU ranks last in the GAC in scoring at 64.5 points per game and last in scoring defense at 78.1 points allowed per outing. NWOSU has four scorers averaging in double-figures, led by T’aries Taylor at 13.2 points per game.

Saturday’s opponent, Southwestern Oklahoma State, is fresh off a pair of GAC losses at home last week to drop the team to 8-6 overall and 2-5 in the league heading into its Thursday’s night game at Henderson State. The Bulldogs are sixth in the GAC in scoring at 73.5 points per game and lead the conference in scoring defense, giving up an average of 67.1 per outing.

Martell Collins leads SWOSU and ranks fourth in the GAC with an average of 17.8 points per game.

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