MONTICELLO, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Monticello Men’s Basketball team hosted Ecclesia College for their 2022-23 home opener at Steelman Field House on Thursday evening. The Weevils came out of their third contest of the year with a dominant 79-43 win over the Royals.
Returner Josh Denton led the way for Arkansas-Monticello (1-2) with 15 points, going 5-8 on field goals and 4-6 on shots from three-point range. He also contributed four rebounds in his 25 minutes played.
Cole Anderson and Isaac Jackson each put up 14 and 13 points of their own. Anderson went 6-9 on field goals and 2-2 on free throws with two rebounds. Jackson was 5-8 on the evening for field goals and 3-3 on shots from the line while give the Weevils two offensive rebounds.
Alex Brogdon put up 11 points of their own in the match. Brogdon went 3-6 on field goals, 2-5 on threes and 3-3 from the free throw line with a team leading nine rebounds in the match.
Ecclesia College (0-1) was led by Aaryn Anderson with 10 points.
The first half of the match began with the Royals putting the first two points on the board, but was quickly followed by a dominant display of offense from the Weevils. Arkansas-Monticello refused to let off the gas peddle for majority of the opening 20 minutes, even taking a 22-point lead at one point. Although Ecclesia would find a handful of baskets, the home team would hold the lead for the entire half. UAM would go 50% on field goals, hitting 15 out of 30 attempts, as well was 5-13 on three-point shots. The Weevils were able to put up 41 points throughout the entirety, leading 41-25 as the two teams would head into the locker room.
The second half began with the first five points going Arkansas-Monticello, thanks to a layup from Isaac Jackson and a three from Mario Fantina. The half would once again go to the Weevils, as they once again outscored the Royals, 38-18. The UAM home opener would come to an end with Arkansas-Monticello on top 79-43.
Arkansas-Monticello committed 13 turnovers in the entirety of the match.
The Weevils return Steelman Field House on Tuesday, November 22 when they take on Arkansas Baptist College. This will be the first game day of the season with both the men’s and women’s basketball teams at home. The men’s game is set to tip off at 7:30 p.m.
All live streams and live stats will be available as clickable links on the UAM Men’s basketball schedule.
- Arkansas-Monticello used the starting lineup of Mario Fantina, Edwin Louis, Isaac Jackson, Alex Brogdon and Timur Krupalija for the third time this season.
- The Weevils also used this starting five in the season opener against Augustana University on Nov. 11.
- Arkansas-Monticello now leads the series 4-0 between the two schools since 2014.
- Weevil head coach Chad Tapp is 4-0 all-time against the Royals, which is 3-0 as head coach at Lyon College and 1-0 with Arkansas-Monticello.
- The Weevils had a season high 10 steals against the Royals.
- This is Arkansas-Monticello’s first double digit steal game since facing Ouachita Baptist on Dec. 18, 2021 (11)
- The Weevils have won 22-straight games when scoring 70 or more points.
- This is dating back to the beginning of the 2020-21 season.
- Josh Denton scored a team-high 15 points, making 4-of-6 from distance.
- The sophomore from Maumelle, Arkansas, now has 30 3-pointers in his Weevil career.
- This is the most 3-pointers made by a Weevil this season.
- He has scored double digits in 2-3 games played this season.
- Cole Anderson and Isaac Jackson each scored 10 or more points for the second time this season.
- Cam Rhodes‘ four assists are the mos by a Weevil this season.
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