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Weevils Lose Win Streak, Fall to Wonder Boys in Conference Opener

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Monticello Men’s Basketball team traveled to Russellville, Arkansas on Thursday evening to open up Great American Conference play for the 2022-23 season against Arkansas Tech University. The Weevils came out of their Sixth contest of the year with a 75-67 loss to the Wonder Boys.

Newcomer Isaac Jackson led the way for Arkansas-Monticello (3-3, 0-1 GAC) with a season-high scoring performance. Jackson posted 21 points in the match, going 7-17 on field goals throughout the match. He also went 2-6 on shots from three-point range and 5-6 on free throws with five rebounds and two assists contributed on the night.

Edwin Louis and Timur Krupalija each contributed 11 points of their own for the Weevils against Arkansas Tech. Louis went 4-8 on field goals, 1-2 on three-pointers and 2-2 on free throws. He also gave the Weevils six rebounds and four assists. Krupalija was 3-4 on field goals and 5-5 on free throws while giving Arkansas-Monticello five rebounds and two assists.
 
Arkansas Tech was led by Taelon Peter with 28 points.

The first half of the match began with layup from Arkansas Tech to give the Wonder Boys an early lead, but was quickly matched by a three from both Josh Denton and Alex Brogdon to put the Weevils back on top. Arkansas-Monticello held onto the lead for a majority of the half, finally losing it as Tech pulled ahead nine minutes into the match. The remainder of the half proved to be a dog fight between the two teams as the lead was in grabbing distance multiple times throughout the remaining 10 minutes. UAM would go 42% on field goals, hitting 8 out of 19 attempts, as well was 5-12 on three-point shots. The home team on the other hand would out-shoot UAM, going 12-28 on field goals and 4-13 on shots beyond-the-arc. The Weevils were able to put up 29 points throughout the entirety, trailing 34-29 as the two teams would head into the locker room.

The second half opened with a Tech layup and a three-point jumper from Mario Fantina. It was followed by points from the Wonder Boys pushing their lead over UAM to a 21 point advantage. Although the Weevils would fight their way back into the game, Arkansas Tech would not fall back behind for the remainder of the half. The match would eventually come out to a close with Arkansas Tech on top 75-67.

Arkansas-Monticello committed 19 turnovers in the entirety of the match.

 
UP NEXT
The Weevils return to action on Saturday, December 3 as they host in-state, Great American Conference rival Henderson State University. The game is set to tip off at 3:00 p.m.

All live streams and live stats will be available as clickable links on the UAM Men’s basketball schedule.


POSTGAME NOTES

  • Arkansas-Monticello used the starting lineup of Mario FantinaEdwin LouisIsaac JacksonAlex Brogdon and Timur Krupalija for the sixth time this season.
    • The Weevils also used this starting five in the season opener against Augustana University on Nov. 11.
  • Isaac Jackson scored a team-high 21 points.
    • This is a season and career high points for Jackson
    • 21 points scored ties Edwin Louis for the most scored by a Weevil this season
  • Edwin Louis and Timur Krupalija both found a double digit game of their own.
    • Louis has scored 10+ points in five games for the Weevils this year.
    • Krupalija has now scored double digits in four games this season.

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.

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