MONTICELLO — Arkansas-Monticello shot 64 percent from the field and totaled 13 more rebounds than rival Southern Arkansas to highlight an 89-64 Great American Conference victory over the Muleriders on Thursday inside Steelman Fieldhouse.

Exactly one week after collecting what was then its most lopsided conference victory of the season in a 21-point win over Arkansas Tech, the Boll Weevils bested themselves on Thursday night with a 25-point win over SAU, the program’s largest margin of victory in a conference game since a 29-point win (69-40) over Ouachita Baptist at home on Feb. 13, 2010.

UAM (18-9, 11-8 GAC) led for the majority of the contest, holding as much as an eight-point advantage in the first 20 minutes. The Muleriders (11-14, 7-12) surged late in the opening half to take a one-point lead with 2:52 remaining, but the Weevils responded by closing out the half outscoring SAU 12-2 to take an eight-point lead of 44-36 at the halftime break.

Sharif Hudson led all scorers with a new career-high of 22 points in the win over SAU. UAM had four other scorers reach double digits. Senior Jared Harrison followed with 17 points, junior Kenric McCants had 16 points and nine assists, Brandon Wilson finished with 14 points, and Wells chipped in with 12 points in 16 minutes off the bench.

Duke Reed led SAU with 13 points.


UAM 63, Southern Arkansas 44

MONTICELLO — The UAM women’s basketball team nearly doubled Southern Arkansas’ point total in the second half to highlight a 63-44 win over the Lady Muleriders at home on Rivalry Thursday in the Great American Conference.

The Cotton Blossoms (7-18, 3-16 GAC) outscored SAU 36-19 in the second half after leading by two points at the halftime break (27-25). UAM increased its field goal shooting by eight percentage points in the final 20 minutes, while SAU had the exact opposite, an eight percent drop from 32 percent to 24 percent.

The 44 points allowed in Thursday’s win over SAU (11-14, 7-12) is UAM’s best defensive outing during Great American Conference games this season.

Nikki Mullen recorded her 13th double-digit scoring game of the season to tie teammate Donlicia James for the game-high in scoring with 18 points. Sophomore Jordan Goforth also reached double-digits for the Blossoms with 11 points.

Aarika Reyna led the Lady Muleriders with 14 points.