De­fense car­ries Red­dies against Bull­dogs

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ARKADEL­PHIA — Hen­der­son State’s de­fense re­mained res­o­lute on Satur­day even when shots were not fall­ing as the Red­dies earned a 70-62 Great Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence win over South­west­ern Ok­la­homa State at the Duke Wells Cen­ter.

Hen­der­son (10-5, 5-4) shot just 31.8 per­cent from the floor, but the Red­dies forced South­west­ern (3-11, 0-8) into sim­i­lar shoot­ing strug­gles while forc­ing 19 turnovers and only com­mit­ting eight. The Bull­dogs only hit on 35.1 per­cent of their shots.

An­thony Lu­par­dus led the way for Hen­der­son with 15 points and Joshua Jones added 13 points. Both hit three 3-point­ers in the game.

Raek­won Rogers fin­ished with 12 points and a sea­son-high 15 re­bounds. Ten of Rogers’ 15 boards 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. South­west­ern re­sponded and used the re­main­der of the half to trim the deficit down to 32-29 at the break.

South­west­ern came within two points on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions in the sec­ond half, but the Red­dies never re­lin­quished the lead. Hen­der­son led, 42-40, with just over 11 min­utes left, be­fore stringing together its best run since the open­ing min­utes.

A 16-7 stretch opened 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 outscored South­west­ern, 24-14, in the paint and out­re­bounded the Bull­dogs, 40-37. The Red­dies at­tempted 28 free throws, while the Bull­dogs shot just 12.

South­west­ern’s Tre Evans en­tered the game lead­ing the GAC in scor­ing with more than 24 points per game. He was held to six points and seven turnovers, foul­ing out with more than seven min­utes re­main­ing in the game.

Hen­der­son will re­turn to the court on Thurs­day when they cross the street to face Oua­chita Bap­tist (6-6,

3-5) in the first Bat­tle of the Ravine of the sea­son at 7:30 p.m.

Women

Turnovers ham­pered Hen­der­son State’s women’s bas­ket­ball team on Satur­day in a 76-64 loss at home to No.

20 South­west­ern Ok­la­homa State. Pink Jones led Hen­der­son (11-6, 6-3) with 15 points and Hai­ley Estes added

13 while play­ing all 40 min­utes. Blu Jones and Kar­ring­ton Wha­ley had 12 and 11 points, re­spec­tively, but Hen­der­son com­mit­ted a sea­son-high 23 turnovers.

South­west­ern (13-1, 8-0) led, 22-20, af­ter the first quar­ter, but the vis­it­ing Bull­dogs outscored the Red­dies, 22-12, in the sec­ond quar­ter to take a 44-32 ad­van­tage into the half­time break.

The Bull­dogs were 6-for-12 on

3-point­ers in the first half. The vis­i­tors held Hen­der­son to 4-for-14 shoot­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter.

The lead grew to 20 points twice in the third quar­ter be­fore Hen­der­son closed the gap to 65-50 en­ter­ing the fi­nal frame. The Red­dies trimmed the deficit to 11 points on a bucket from Estes with 6:45 to go, but they were un­able to get any closer.

Hen­der­son strug­gled with South­west­ern’s trap­ping de­fense all af­ter­noon. The Bull­dogs made 14 steals and scored 21 points off of turnovers.

The Red­dies will re­sume play on Thurs­day at 5:30 p.m. in the first Bat­tle of the Ravine of the sea­son against Oua­chita Bap­tist (5-9, 3-5) at Bill Vin­ing Arena.

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