ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Monticello Men’s Basketball team traveled to Henderson State University on Saturday to play in their tenth Great American Conference match-up of the 2022-23 season. The Boll Weevils played a heart felt, hard fought game but unfortunately fell short in the final minute to the Reddies 66-65.
Isaac Jackson once again led the way for Arkansas-Monticello (5-11, 1-9 GAC) with 20 total points in his Saturday evening performance. Jackson had a insatiable dunk in the first half of the match and shot 9-17 on field goals. He also went 1-3 on shots beyond-the-arc and 1-1 on free throws with five rebounds and two assists.
Josh Denton had 16 of his own on the night shooting 5-11 on field goals, 3-9 from three-point range and 3-4 on free throws. He also snagged a team leading six rebounds and wo steals while dishing out two assists.
Ray Price and Mario Fantina were the final two Weevils to put double digits on the board. Price scored 12 on the night, shooting 3-7 on field goals, 2-4 from outside the line and 4-4 from the free throw line. Fantina posted 10 points, going 3-9 on field goals, 2-8 on threes and 2-2 on free throws.
Henderson State (8-8, 5-5 GAC) was led by Malik Riddle with 16 points.
Arkansas-Monticello would start the first half off with a jumper from Isaac Jackson in the paint, but Henderson State would respond with a layup on the next possession. Ray Price was the next Weevil to score with a second-chance layup to give UAM their only lead of the half (4-2 UAM). The rest of the opening 20 minutes would go the Reddies way as they outscored the Weevils, shooting for 54% on field goals compared to the Weevils’ 46%. The teams would head to the locker room with Weevils down 39-30 at the half.
The Reddies were the first to score in the second half; hitting a jumper after two minutes of missed shots. Mario Fantina reacted with a sweet three to make the score 33-41. The two teams would battle it out the remainder of the half with Arkansas-Monticello trailing until the Weevils made back-to-back baskets to tie the game at 62-62 with 2:11 to go. Mere seconds later,Isaac Jackson hit a second chance three to put UAM up 65-62 with 2:05 on the clock. The Reddies would make two free throws to bring them within one (65-64 UAM). With just nineteen seconds on the board, Henderson would score a layup to put them up 66-65. The Weevils would call a thirty second timeout to reconvene, but were unable to respond. The match would come to a close with Henderson State on top, 66-65.
Arkansas-Monticello committed 7 turnovers in the entirety of the match.
The Weevils return to the Steelman Field House on Monday, January 23 when they host Great American Conference rival Southern Arkansas University. The match will 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.
How to follow the Weevils: For more information on Arkansas-Monticello Men’s Basketball, visit www.uamsports.com and follow the team’s social media channels on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Check out the home schedule below for the next opportunity to catch the Weevils at Steelman Field House! STUDENTS! Be sure to come out to the remaining home games of the 2022-23 basketball season and enter for your chance to win $10,000 in the Union Bank Half-Court Challenge. The winner will be selected for a chance to shoot a $10K half-court shot at the final home game of the season. (February 23)
Because the $300 three-pointer was missed at Thursday night’s game, a student will have the opportunity at Monday night’s UAM-SAU match-up to shoot a three-pointer for $400 at half-time of the Weevils Game. Be sure to show your support and enter for your chance to win.
For official rules and regulations, please click here: https://www.uamsports.com/news/2022/11/21/mens-basketball-the-10-000-union-bank-half-court-challenge-returns-for-the-2022-23-basketball-season.aspx
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