Boll Weevils concede third consecutive conference game
The University of Arkansas at Monticello Boll Weevils went into Steelman Field House last Thursday looking to rebound after dropping their second Great American Conference contest to East Central University the previous Saturday.
Hosting conference rival Southern Arkansas University, the Weevils held a marginal lead, with the largest being three points, until SAU overtook UAM with 15 minutes, 32 seconds remaining in the first half. SAU’s Aaron Lucas gave the Muleriders the 9-8 lead with a made three-point shot.
SAU continued to put some distance between themselves and the Weevils on the scoreboard, increasing the lead to 12 points with 12:14 remaining in the half.
UAM pulled within nine points, 20-11, after three made free throws by the Weevils’ K.J. Lesure. But SAU’s Jalen Brooks extended the lead back to 12 points with a three on the Muleriders next possession.
Keelin Jackson connected on a three-pointer on UAM’s next possession to pull within nine points once again with 10:26 on the clock. UAM took the lead with 6:28 remaining in the half after Jackson connected on a jump shot to give the Weevils a 26-25 lead. SAU tied the contest with 5:09 remaining in the half after a layup by Jalen Brooks.
Both teams traded the lead in their next possessions, but SAU took the lead for good in the first half with 3:44 remaining before ending the half with a six-point advantage.
SAU remained in the lead for the first nine minutes of the second half until UAM’s Marcus Gilbert tied the contest at 54 with a three-pointer. UAM extended its lead to the biggest of the contest with 8:39 remaining in the game after Jackson slammed one home to give the Weevils a seven-point, 61-54, lead.
SAU regained the lead with 3:46 remaining in the contest off a three-pointer that gave the Muleriders a 66-64 lead. SAU never relinquished the lead again in the contest taking the 74-70 victory and handing UAM its second consecutive conference defeat.
Jackson led the Weevils in scoring with 16 points followed by Lesure with 15. Austin Hardy added nine, Kwame McBean eight and Darnell Wright seven. Gilbert scored six,
Jordan Embry four, Jared Embry three and Damontrez Hawks rounded out the scoring with two points.
Two days later, UAM went on the road to begin a three-game road stretch to face Ouachita Baptist University in GAC action. The Weevils had defeated Ouachita on Dec. 1, 2018 at Steelman Field House.
In Arkadelphia, though, Ouachita took the lead from the opening tip and pushed its advantage to 22 points with 49 seconds remaining in the first half. UAM cut the lead to 18 before the half ended with OBU taking a 44-26 lead into the locker room.
OBU never relinquished the lead throughout the contest, even extending the lead to 27 points with 11:13 remaining in the contest.
Leading by 24 points with 6:49 on the clock, UAM began cutting away at the lead, but OBU was able to hold off the Weevils’ charge and take a 13-point, 79-66, victory.
McBean led the Weevils in scoring with 22 points, with Gilbert scoring 13. Lesure and Jared Embry scored 10 points each, Hardy and Jordan Embry added four apiece, and Hunter Daley rounded out the scoring with three.
With the loss, UAM drops their third consecutive conference game, dropping its overall record to 10-6 (6-4 GAC). The Weevils are now fifth in the conference standings heading into Thursday’s road contest against Southern Nazarene University, who is second in the conference with a 15-3 overall record and 8-2 in the GAC. Game time in Bethany, Okla. is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
From there, the Weevils will travel to Shawnee, Okla. to take on Oklahoma Baptist University ar 3 p.m. Saturday. Oklahoma Baptist is currently third in the conference.