UAM at LaTech basketball (exh.)

RUSTON, La. — A dominant Louisiana Tech second-half performance led to a 72-44 exhibition loss for the Arkansas-Monticello men’s basketball team on Thursday.

The Bulldogs controlled the second half, shooting 50 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes, while UAM struggled with only six made field goals in the final period. UAM went without a field goal for period of nearly 10 minutes with only two points coming from the free throw line during that stretch.

UAM junior Amir Royal led all scorers with 16 points and Kori Forge scored seven points.

Boll Weevils predicted seventh in poll

RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas-Monticello is picked to finish seventh in the Great American Conference men’s basketball standings, according to the league’s preseason poll.

UAM lost three starters from last season’s 21-9 team that finished third in conference standings at 10-6. The Boll Weevils will vie for their seventh straight winning season with three returning letter winners and 10 newcomers.

Arkansas Tech is favored to repeat as the GAC regular-season champion with 63 voting points, receiving seven of the nine first-place votes. Rounding out the poll are Southwestern Oklahoma State, Henderson State, Ouachita Baptist, Harding, Southeastern Oklahoma State, UAM, Southern Arkansas and East Central (Okla.).


Trojans’ Neighbour, Wolves’ Finn make preseason first team

Arkansas-Little Rock and Arkansas State each had a player make the Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference first team, which was released Wednesday.

UALR junior forward Will Neighbour and Arkansas State senior guard Trey Finn are two of the five first-team players selected. Arkansas State, which is picked to finish second in the West Division, also landed senior forward Brandon Peterson on the second team and senior guard Marcus Hooten on the third team.

UALR is picked third in the West. North Texas and Middle Tennessee State are the West and East favorites, respectively, to win their divisions.


Report: Mathieu among 4 ex-LSU players arrested

BATON ROUGE, La. — Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu and former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson were arrested along with two other ex-Tigers after 10 bags of “high-grade marijuana” were found inside Mathieu’s apartment, The Advocate newspaper reported, citing Baton Rouge police.

Mathieu, Jefferson, Derrick Bryant and Karnell Hatcher were to be booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Thursday, according to the report. Mathieu, a cornerback, returned to school shortly after he was dismissed from the team reportedly for drug-related issues.

He had checked into a drug treatment program after his dismissal with hopes of being reinstated to the team.

Pera approved as Grizzlies’ owner

MEMPHIS — The NBA Board of Governors approved the sale of the Memphis Grizzlies to technology entrepreneur Robert J. Pera and a group of limited partners, it was announced Thursday.

Pera, the founder and CEO of Ubiquiti Networks, has purchased the franchise for a reported $350 million from Michael Heisley, who oversaw the team’s move to Memphis from Vancouver in 2001. It’s been reported that Pera’s ownership group includes entertainer Justin Timberlake and Ashley Manning, the wife of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

Bryant could miss season opener

LOS ANGELES — Lakers guard Kobe Bryant could miss the team’s season opener at Dallas on Tuesday with a foot strain, CBSSports.com reported.

Bryant hurt his foot in the third quarter of Sunday’s preseason loss to Sacramento and was ruled out of the Lakers’ Wednesday and Thursday preseason games.

— Commercial Press Services