Archives for January 2016

NWOSU Run Too Much for Tech to Overcome

A 22-0 run late in the first half and early in the second sent Northwestern Oklahoma State University to an 86-70 Great American Conference men’s basketball victory over Arkansas Tech University at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Saturday.

Arkansas Tech (10-9 overall, 5-8 GAC) scored the first seven points of the game, made nine of its first 10 field goal tries and maintained the lead for the first 19 minutes of the game.

A pair of Brandon Green free throws with 59 seconds left in the first half allowed Northwestern Oklahoma State to forge a 37-37 tie at the intermission. It was the end of a 9-0 spurt by the Rangers to close the first half.

NWOSU (6-11, 6-7) carried that momentum over to the second half, scoring the first 13 points of that period to claim a 50-37 edge with 15:15 remaining.

The Wonder Boys clawed back within 59-53 at the 9:05 mark of the second half, but four straight Ranger points stopped the comeback bid. They maintained at least an eight-point lead the rest of the way.

Arkansas Tech committed a season-high 21 turnovers, leading to a 28-6 edge in points off turnovers for Northwestern Oklahoma State.

Adrian Motley led five Rangers in double figures in scoring with 18 points. T’aries Taylor notched 17 points, Austin Klug and Brandon Green had 12 points apiece and Deiondray Martin poured in 11 points for NWOSU.

Tyler Corley scored a career-high 26 points for the Wonder Boys. He was 9-of-11 from the field and 7-of-11 from the free throw line.

Tech’s Andrew Guillory added 13 points and seven rebounds.

The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Wonder Boys in their series with Northwestern Oklahoma State. The Rangers beat Tech in Russellville for the first time ever and earned their first win in the series since Nov. 27, 1971.

The Wonder Boys will visit Oklahoma Baptist University for a 7:30 p.m. GAC contest in Shawnee, Okla., on Thursday, Feb. 4. Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com will have live coverage.

Golden Suns Continue Winning Ways

Nationally 21st-ranked Arkansas Tech University added to its overall and home women’s basketball winning streaks by breezing past Northwestern Oklahoma State University 90-48 in Great American Conference play at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Saturday.

The Golden Suns (15-2 overall, 13-0 GAC) scored the first eight points of the game and led the rest of the way. Tech held a 24-9 edge after one quarter, extended that margin to 21 points in the second quarter and held a 43-25 advantage at halftime.

Northwestern Oklahoma State (1-17, 0-13) got as close as 15 points early in the third quarter, but an 8-0 Arkansas Tech run pushed its lead to 53-30 with 4:48 to go in the period. The Suns maintained at least a 21-point spread the rest of the way.

Arkansas Tech extended its home winning streak to 17 games and its overall winning streak to nine games. The Lady Rangers suffered their 13th consecutive loss.

One of the keys to victory was the Golden Suns’ defensive job on NWOSU leading scorer Kamera Bozeman. Tech held her to nine points, and many of the Lady Rangers’ 22 turnovers were the result of trying to get Bozeman the basketball in the face of double and triple teams on the 6-foot-1 center.

“I thought it was really good individual defense,” said Golden Suns head coach Dave Wilbers. “Aujana (Dawkins), Dani (Danielle Frachiseur) and Caroline (Eubanks) all did a really nice job on (Bozeman), and the rest of the team deserves credit, too. We did a great job with backside help. A lot of the credit goes to (assistant) Coach Ro (Roman Tubner). He put together a great game plan.”

Tech’s Fatima Adams scored 19 of her game-high 28 points in the first half. She was 12-of-16 from the field and was able to rest with her fellow starters during the fourth quarter.

Anissa Pounds added 11 points and Kelsey McClure had 10 points for the Golden Suns, who improved to 5-0 all-time in home games against Northwestern Oklahoma State.

Ashley Pride and Jaylan Robinson paced the Lady Rangers with 12 points apiece.

The Golden Suns will visit Oklahoma Baptist University for a 5:30 p.m. GAC contest in Shawnee, Okla., on Thursday, Feb. 4. Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com will have live coverage.

OOTD Walk Named Top 10 For Second Year

The Out of the Darkness suicide prevention walk hosted by Arkansas Tech University has been recognized as one of the top 10 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) campus walk events in the United States for a second consecutive year.

The 2015 Out of the Darkness suicide prevention walk at Arkansas Tech raised $19,674, which ranked No. 10 among the more than 150 AFSP campus walks held around the nation last year.

The inaugural Out of the Darkness walk at Arkansas Tech in 2014 raised $16,536.

The top 2015 fund-raising events were recognized during the national AFSP Chapter Leadership Conference on Jan. 23, 2016, in Little Rock.

According to its website, AFSP works to “fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy and support survivors of suicide loss.”

Arkansas Tech will host its third Out of the Darkness walk on Saturday, April 16, 2016. More information about how to register for the event will be shared in the weeks to come at www.facebook.com/RussellvilleOOTD.

Wonder Boys Bid Farewell to Losing Streak

Arkansas Tech University rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat Southwestern Oklahoma State University 82-78 in Great American Conference men’s basketball at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday night.

The Wonder Boys (10-8 overall, 5-7 GAC) trailed 53-37 with 17:24 left in the second half. A 12-1 run got Arkansas Tech back in the game, and a pair of Andrew Guillory free throws with 4:16 remaining gave Tech the lead for good at 70-69.

Guillory and Mason Cline both made a 3-pointer down the stretch and the Wonder Boys made 6-of-8 free throws in the final minute to hold on, snapping their six-game losing streak.

“These guys have bought in,” said Arkansas Tech head coach Chad Kline. “I know it’s only one win, but this stretch without one has seemed like it lasted forever. Even when we were down 14 at halftime, I didn’t sense any panic or fear. These last three days in practice…we got after it. These guys were tired of losing, just like I was. I couldn’t be more proud of a group of guys.”

Tyler Corley paced the Wonder Boys with 21 points. He also dished out five assists.

Guillory notched 17 points, while Cline made 5-of-6 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 16 points. Cline had scored 13 points all season before Thursday night.

Freddy Lee added 13 points and five assists for the Wonder Boys.

Martell Collins scored a game-high 22 points for Southwestern Oklahoma State (11-7, 7-5).

The Wonder Boys will host Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, Jan. 30. Tip-off at Tucker Coliseum is set for 3 p.m.

Tickets ($5 adults / $3 senior citizens and students) will be available at the door. Those with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card will be admitted free of charge. Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com will have live coverage.

Golden Suns Run Away From Lady Bulldogs

Arkansas Tech University’s Calli White scored 16 of her career-high 22 points in the third quarter on Thursday night to propel the nationally 21st-ranked Golden Suns to a 91-69 win over the Southwestern Oklahoma State Lady Bulldogs at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

White was 6-of-12 from 3-point range. She also had five rebounds, a career-high seven assists and a career-high four steals.

“Calli is such a tremendous shooter,” said Arkansas Tech head coach Dave Wilbers. “She is out here all the time getting in extra shots. Credit the other girls…they knew (White) was hot, and they got her the ball.”

White’s big third quarter helped the Golden Suns (14-2 overall, 12-0 Great American Conference) break open what was just a 38-35 Arkansas Tech lead at halftime.

The Golden Suns led 70-57 after three quarters and by as many as 28 points in the fourth period.

“There was no panic in the locker room at halftime,” said Wilbers. “We have experienced players. They knew we just needed to make a few adjustments.”

It was Arkansas Tech’s eighth consecutive win. The Golden Suns have won 16 straight home games, and they improved to 9-1 all-time in home games against the Lady Bulldogs.

Southwestern Oklahoma State (11-7, 7-5) lost for just the second time in its last 12 games.

Fatima Adams had 18 points and seven rebounds for Tech. Danielle Frachiseur contributed 14 points and a season-high nine rebounds, while Aujana Dawkins (13 points) and Anissa Pounds (10 points) rounded out a quintet of Golden Suns in double figures in scoring.

Janae Coffee paced SWOSU with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Arkansas Tech will host Northwestern Oklahoma State University for a 1 p.m. GAC contest at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Tickets ($5 adults / $3 senior citizens and students) will be available at the door. Those with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card will be admitted free of charge. Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com will have live coverage.