Burns leads Lit­tle Rock to victory over South Alabama

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports -

LIT­TLE ROCK (AP) — Deon­dre Burns scored 22 points with seven re­bounds and five as­sists as Lit­tle Rock routed South Alabama 91-62 on Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon.

Jaizec Lot­tie added 17 points for the Tro­jans (7-10, 2-2 Sun Belt). Nikola Maric had 14 points and Ka­mani John­son had 12 points and seven re­bounds.

Lit­tle Rock shot 61 per­cent from the field com­pared to 40 per­cent for South Alabama.

The Tro­jans scored first and led all the way, tak­ing it to 30-19 on a Lot­tie layup with 8:02 left in the first and stretch­ing it to 52-32 at the break.

South Alabama's Trhae Mitchell and Josh Ajayi tried to cut Lit­tle Rock's lead early in the sec­ond half, clos­ing to 56-39 with 15:29 to play but a Kris Bankston dunk and a Burns 3-pointer helped stretch it to 69-46 with 12:06 left and the Tro­jans cruised from there.

Mitchell scored 22 points with six re­bounds to lead the Jaguars (9-8, 2-2). Ajayi and Kory Holden each added 14.

TROY 90, ARKANSAS STATE 85, OT.

JONES­BORO (AP) — Jor­don Var­nado scored 27 points, B.J. Miller added a ca­reer-high 21, and Troy beat Arkansas State 90-85 in over­time on Sat­ur­day.

Miller's layup with 1:42 left in over­time gave the Tro­jans (9-7, 2-2 Sun Belt Con­fer­ence) the lead for good at 86-85. Ja­van John­son made a pair of free throws to make it a three-point lead with 1:19 left and, af­ter the Red Wolves (8-9, 2-2) missed four 3-point at­tempts that would have tied it in the fi­nal minute, Dar­ian Adams capped the scor­ing with two free throws with four sec­onds left.

Troy trailed 78-73 with a minute to go in reg­u­la­tion. John­son made a 3-pointer with 54 sec­onds left and Miller drew an of­fen­sive foul against Ty Cock­field to set up a layup with two sec­onds re­main­ing to force over­time.

John­son had 17 points and Alex Hicks scored 12 for Troy.

Cock­field led Arkansas State with 31 points. Mar­quis Ea­ton added 16 points, Tristin Wal­ley had 14 points and 10 re­bounds, and Gran­tham Gil­lard scored 11.

CEN­TRAL ARKANSAS 75, LA­MAR 68

CON­WAY (AP) — Thatch Un­ruh hit four 3-point­ers and scored 14 points and Cen­tral Arkansas shot 52 per­cent from be­yond the arc in a 75-68 victory over La­mar on Sat­ur­day.

Un­ruh sank 4 of 8 from dis­tance and added four as­sists for the Bears (7-10, 2-2 South­land Con­fer­ence). Re­serve Matthew Mon­de­sir con­trib­uted 13 points, match­ing his ca­reer high, and added four re­bounds and four as­sists. DeAn­dre Jones and Hay­den Ko­val fin­ishd with 10 points apiece.

Nick Garth paced the Car­di­nals (8-9, 1-3) with 18 points off the bench. Chris­tian Bar­rett pitched in with 16 points and nine re­bounds.

Nei­ther team led by more than five points in the first half and Cen­tral Arkansas took a 37-34 lead into in­ter­mis­sion af­ter Eddy Kay­ouloud's 3-pointer with 36 sec­onds left. La­mar hung tough in the sec­ond half and took a 57-56 lead on a Garth free throw with 6:42 left to play. But Jones hit two free throws and Ko­val and Khaleem Ben­nett scored on dunks in an 8-0 run and the Bears led the rest of the way.

HEN­DER­SON STATE 70, SW OK­LA­HOMA STATE 62

ARKADELPHIA — Hen­der­son State's shots did not al­ways fall on Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon but its de­fense never wa­vered and helped carry the Red­dies to a 70-62 win over South­west­ern Ok­la­homa State.

The Red­dies (10-5, 5-4) shot just 31.8 per­cent from the floor on Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon but forced SWOSU, who hit on 35.1 per­cent of its looks, into sim­i­lar shoot­ing strug­gles while forc­ing 19 turnovers and com­mit­ting only eight them­selves.

An­thony Lu­par­dus led the way with 15 points and Joshua Jones added 13. Both Lu­par­dus and Jones hit three 3-point­ers on the day. Raek­won Rogers dom­i­nated in the paint for Hen­der­son and fin­ished with 12 points and a sea­son-high 15 re­bounds — an as­tound­ing 10 of which came on the of­fen­sive end of the floor.

Hen­der­son got off to a quick start and used two 3-point­ers from Jones and strong de­fense early to take a 17-3 ad­van­tage in the game's first seven min­utes. SWOSU re­sponded, though, and used the re­main­der of the half to get back into the game, even­tu­ally trim­ming the deficit down to 32-29 at the break.

In what was a much tighter sec­ond half, SWOSU came within two points on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions but the Red­dies never re­lin­quished the lead. With HSU up 42-40 with just over 11 min­utes left, Hen­der­son strung to­gether its best run since the open­ing min­utes and used a 16-7 stretch to open up a 58-47 ad­van­tage with 6:13 to play. The Red­dies never let the Bulldogs threaten again and main­tained their dou­ble digit lead un­til the game's fi­nal sec­onds.

Hen­der­son out-scored SWOSU 24-14 in the paint, out-re­bounded the Bulldogs 40-37 and shot 28 free throws to South­west­ern's 12. SWOSU's Tre Evans, who came into the game lead­ing the GAC in scor­ing at just over 24 points per game, was held to six points and seven turnovers on the day by the HSU de­fense and fouled out with more than seven min­utes left.

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