UAM Finishes Strong to Top SAU
UAM closes on a 28-13 run to escape with the 78-69 victory over GAC-rival Southern Arkansas Monday in Magnolia.
MAGNOLIA, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team closes the final seven minutes on a 28-13 run to take down Great American Conference rival Southern Arkansas 78-69 Monday. During the run, the Weevils (9-3, 8-3 GAC) knocked down eight of their final 10 shots while holding the Muleriders (8-3, 7-3 GAC) to just 33 percent shooting down the stretch.
The contest went back-and-forth throughout the first half with each team holding leads of at least four points. The half saw 10 lead changes and five ties with the Weevils holding their largest lead 18-14 at the midway point.
Four different players for UAM knocked down a three in the first half as the club shot 57.1 percent from beyond the arc. Denzel McDuffeycarried the scoring load early with 11 points at the break.
Defensively, the Weevils protected the rim well in the opening 20 minutes with five blocks from McDuffey (3) and Lemmie Howard (2).
After the break, UAM continued to trail until the second technical foul of the game for SAU sparked a rally by the Weevils. DaJuan Jonesstarted the surge by knocking down both free throws after the technical foul with 6:50remaining. UAM followed with an onslaught of made shots, made free throw and forced turnovers in the final seven minutes to take control.
The Weevils hit eight of their final 10 shots from to stretch their lead up to 11. Jones put the game on ice from the charity stripe knocking down all six of his free throws in the final two minutes to finish off the 78-69 victory.
UAM made 21 free throws in contest while holding the Muleriders to just 16 attempts from the charity stripe.
Jones led all scorers with 22 points including shooting 14-of-17 from the free throw line to go along with seven rebounds and six assists.
McDuffey and Howard also tallied double-digits with 15 and 12, respectively. The duo was the key force in the paint for the Weevils defensively as well combining for seven of the team’s eight blocks.
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