Wonder Boys Cruise Past Reddies 83-69

Grant Prusator scored a season-high 24 points to lead Arkansas Tech University to an 83-69 Great American Conference men’s basketball win over Henderson State University at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday night.

Prusator connected on 4-of-5 tries from 3-point range in the first half to help the Wonder Boys (10-4 overall, 6-4 GAC) build a 44-31 halftime lead.

Tech made six of its first eight field goal tries to begin the second half and pull away for good. The Wonder Boys shot 55 percent (31-of-56) from the field for the game, including 10-of-24 from 3-point range.

Prusator finished 8-of-11 from the field and 6-of-9 from the 3-point arc.

“When (Prusator) shoots the ball well, it really opens up a lot of driving lanes for us,” said Arkansas Tech head coach Chad Kline. “Credit Grant. He knows that’s what he does best for us, and he’s really been getting in the gym and working on his shot.”

Montrell Williams added 13 points for Tech, while Bennie Lufile and Justin Graham chipped in 10 points apiece. Freddy Lee notched eight points, five rebounds and a season-high nine assists.

Brad Nairn, Kaylon Tappin and Kevin Kozan scored 12 points apiece for Henderson State (11-5, 6-4).

The Wonder Boys and the nationally 16th-ranked University of Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils will meet at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Steelman Fieldhouse in Monticello. Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com will have play-by-play coverage.

Late Outside Shooting Fuels Suns’ Win

It took two-and-a-half quarters, but when Arkansas Tech University found its 3-point shooting on Thursday night it paved the way to victory.

The nationally 14th-ranked Golden Suns claimed sole possession of second place in the Great American Conference women’s basketball standings with a 68-62 win over Henderson State University at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

Arkansas Tech (12-2 overall, 8-2 GAC) missed nine of its first 10 tries from 3-point range, but a string of three consecutive makes from beyond the arc late in the third quarter — one each by Anissa Pounds, Kylie Ladd and Calli White — allowed the Suns to earn a 55-47 lead going to the fourth quarter.

The Reddies (7-9, 7-3) battled back to tie the score 59-59 with under four minutes to go.

White stepped forward again for Tech at the 2:43 mark, draining a 3-pointer from the left corner to give the Golden Suns the lead for good at 62-59.

“That was a big shot,” said Arkansas Tech head coach Dave Wilbers. “That’s what you expect from your seniors. (White) never flinched. This was a good conference battle tonight.”

Back-to-back layups by Pounds and Danielle Frachiseur extended Tech’s advantage to 66-59, and Pounds made 2-of-2 free throws with 26.3 seconds left to help put it away.

Cheyenne North led the Suns with 15 points and a season-high 17 rebounds for her third double-double of 2016-17.

Pounds, Frachiseur and Kelsey McClure finished with 14 points apiece for Tech, which defeated Henderson State for a seventh consecutive time.

Hailey Estes, Haleigh Henson and Torrie Thompson netted 13 points apiece for the Reddies.

The Golden Suns will visit the University of Arkansas-Monticello for a 2 p.m. GAC contest against the Cotton Blossoms on Saturday, Jan. 21. Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com will have play-by-play coverage.

Tech Packs 40,000 Meals for Those in Need

Arkansas Tech University reached its goal of providing 40,000 meals for people who are food insecure in the Arkansas River Valley during a community service event on Monday, Jan. 16.

The event was part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration on the Arkansas Tech campus in Russellville. More than 425 volunteers from the Tech community met at W.O. Young Building Ballroom to assemble the meals in an effort coordinated with The Pack Shack, a non-profit organization headquartered in Rogers and co-founded by Arkansas Tech alumnus Jarod Ring.

The meals have been shared with local service organizations for distribution to individuals and families who lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

This marked the second consecutive year in which Arkansas Tech and The Pack Shack have partnered for a community service event. In two years, the Tech community has provided more than 77,000 meals to its neighbors in need through The Pack Shack.

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Tech Hosts HSU on Military Appreciation Night

Four teams with Great American Conference records above the .500 mark will display their talents during a doubleheader between Arkansas Tech University and Henderson State University at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday, Jan. 19.

It will be military appreciation night at Tucker Coliseum. All current military service personnel and veterans will receive free admission. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a small United States flag.

Tickets ($5 adults/$3 students and senior citizens) will be available at the door. Those with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card will be admitted free of charge.

#14 Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (11-2, 7-2 GAC) vs. HSU Reddies (7-8, 7-2 GAC)
When: Thursday, Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville
Radio/Internet: KCJC 102.3 FM/www.arkansastechsports.com
Series: Tech leads 60-12

About the Golden Suns: Arkansas Tech’s 10-game winning streak ended on Monday with a 72-58 loss at Harding University. The Golden Suns matched their season low for 3-point field goals made (3) and were held below 40 percent shooting from the field for just the third time this season. Tech has won its last six women’s basketball meetings with Henderson State, including victories of 87-64 in Arkadelphia and 82-54 in Russellville last season.

About the Reddies: Henderson State is tied with Arkansas Tech for second place in the GAC women’s basketball standings. The Reddies have won three of their last four games. They defeated Ouachita Baptist 75-74 on Monday behind a game-winning jump shot by Torrie Thompson with nine seconds remaining. Thompson scored a career-high 20 points in the victory. HSU’s Pink Jones leads GAC freshmen in scoring and ranks No. 3 in the conference overall at 15.6 points per game.

Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (9-4, 5-4 GAC) vs. HSU Reddies (11-4, 6-3 GAC)
When: Thursday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville
Radio/Internet: KCJC 102.3 FM/www.arkansastechsports.com
Series: HSU leads 78-73

About the Wonder Boys: Arkansas Tech is 6-2 in its last eight games. The Wonder Boys suffered a 92-85 loss at Harding University on Monday. Tech matched its season low in 3-point field goals made (8). Senior forward Bennie Lufile leads the GAC and ranks 18th in NCAA Division II in rebounding (10.4 per game). Lufile had a season-high 23 points and 10 rebounds at Harding. The Wonder Boys stopped a three-game losing streak to Henderson State by defeating the Reddies 78-65 in their most recent meeting on Feb. 18, 2016.

About the Reddies: Henderson State dropped a 76-60 decision at Ouachita Baptist on Monday. The Reddies lead the GAC in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.283) and turnover margin (+3.47 per game). Junior guard Kaylon Tappin ranks sixth in the GAC in scoring (16.9 points per game). He was held without a point at OBU, snapping a string of seven consecutive games in which he had reached double figures in scoring.

Miss Tech Contestant Applications Due Feb. 6

Eligible Arkansas Tech University students have through Monday, Feb. 6, to enter to compete in the 2017 Miss Arkansas Tech University Scholarship Pageant.

The 62nd annual pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, at Witherspoon Auditorium.

Carly Copeland of Clarksville (photographed) was crowned Miss Tech 2016.

The Miss Tech Pageant is an official preliminary to the Miss America Pageant, and the winner advances to compete in the Miss Arkansas Pageant.

Contestants in the Miss Arkansas Tech University Scholarship Pageant must be full-time female Tech students between the ages of 17 and 24.

In addition to the crown, the new Miss Tech will receive a two-semester tuition scholarship at Arkansas Tech. In all, more than $26,000 in gifts and scholarships were awarded during the 2016 pageant.

The event is sponsored by the ladies of Delta Zeta.

Dr. Jim Collins, professor of agriculture at Arkansas Tech, serves as Miss Tech executive director and master of ceremonies.

For more information, send e-mail to jcollins@atu.edu or visit his office in Dean Hall room 124B.