UAM women win tight battle

A referee holds up a basketball during an NCAA college basketball game in this undated file photo. (AP/Adam Hunger)
A referee holds up a basketball during an NCAA college basketball game in this undated file photo. (AP/Adam Hunger)

In a women's basketball game that seesawed with six lead changes, the University of Arkansas at Monticello pulled away in the final 2½ minutes and used balanced scoring to beat Southeastern Oklahoma State University 62-58 in Monticello on Thursday.

UAM (7-14, 3-12 Great American) outscored Southeastern 23-17 in the fourth quarter. Neither team had led at the end of a period by more than 2 points, as Southeastern (7-14, 3-12) was in front 12-11, 25-24 and 41-39.

Haleigh Crews made 2 free throws with 2:23 left to give UAM a 54-53 lead, and the Cotton Blossoms never fell behind again. Alindsey Long made a jump shot with 1:50 left, and Nicole Weaver laid in a basket to put the Blossoms up 58-53 with 55 seconds remaining.

Bailey Harris scored 14 points, Kelsey Blakemore and Crews each had 12 points and 7 rebounds, and Alyssia Thorne tallied 10 points for the Blossoms. Grace Alverson had 14 points and Caitlin Kobiske had 12 for the Savage Storm.

UAM will host East Central University at 1 p.m. today, with the men's game to follow.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

SE Oklahoma 85, UAM 67

Also Thursday, the Savage Storm (16-7, 12-3 Great American) made 61.1% from the field and placed five players in double-figure scoring to hand the Boll Weevils (9-11, 7-8) their second straight loss.

Brennen Burns led the Storm with 18 points and had 11 assists. Robert Briley had 17 points (7 of 7 from the field), Landon Condiff and Kyle Leslie each scored 15 points and Kody Clouet dropped 13 for the win.

Isaac Jackson scored 28 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for the Weevils, which shot 44.1%. Zane Nelson added 14 points.

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL

UAM's weekend series against the University of Central Oklahoma moved to Edmond due to rainy weather in southeast Arkansas.

The Blossoms softball team began the Alvy Early Memorial Classic in Bentonville on Friday with a 5-3 win over Wayne State College of Nebraska and 6-3 loss to Emporia State University of Kansas. UAM will face Drury University of Missouri at 1:30 p.m. today, followed by Newman University of Kansas at 3:30 p.m.

The Sunday games at the tournament are canceled due to incoming weather. The doubleheaders against Delta State University have been changed to noon Thursday in Monticello and noon Friday in Cleveland, Miss.

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