Archives for November 2014

Support Arkansas Tech On #GivingTuesday

Arkansas Tech University is joining other non-profit organizations from around the world by participating in #GivingTuesday, an annual event designed to raise funds and awareness for entities that make a difference in the communities they serve.

Members of the Arkansas Tech family are encouraged to take part by making a donation to the Arkansas Tech Foundation on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Gifts will support scholarships, specific programs as designated by the donor and the “University’s Greatest Need,” a category that provides the institution with the most flexibility in meeting the needs of its students.

Founded in 2012, #GivingTuesday has grown to include more than 10,000 organizations worldwide.

“We have a day for giving thanks,” explains the #GivingTuesday website. “We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.”

Arkansas Tech alumni and friends who donate are encouraged to use the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media to raise awareness among their peers.

Also, Arkansas Tech alumni and friends may download and use Arkansas Tech #GivingTuesday materials as their Facebook profile picture and cover photo and elsewhere on social media as a further means of spreading the word.

Download the Arkansas Tech #GivingTuesday social media graphics.

“Every gift to the Arkansas Tech Foundation, regardless of amount, makes a difference in the lives of our students,” said Jayne Jones, vice president for development at Arkansas Tech. “By making a gift as part of #GivingTuesday, we observe the spirit of the holiday season and pay forward what Arkansas Tech has meant to us.”

Make a #GivingTuesday gift to the Arkansas Tech Foundation.

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Wonder Boys Earn Third Consecutive Win

Arkansas Tech University turned to its defense down the stretch to seal a 72-59 non-conference men’s basketball victory over Southwest Baptist University at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Saturday.

The Wonder Boys (4-3) held the Bearcats without a made field goal over the final 5:37 of the game as Arkansas Tech earned its third consecutive men’s basketball win.

Nick Wayman scored 17 points and D.J. Jethroe netted 16 points to lead the Wonder Boys. Branden Williams added 11 points and Mike Balogun finished with 10 points.

Arkansas Tech led 33-22 at halftime. A 6-0 Southwest Baptist run cut the Wonder Boys’ advantage to 61-57 with 5:13 remaining, but the Wonder Boys responded with a 7-0 spurt of their own to seal the victory.

Daymond Cowlah had a game-high 19 points for the Bearcats (3-4).

The Wonder Boys will open Great American Conference play by hosting Ouachita Baptist University for a 7:30 p.m. contest at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday, Dec. 4.

Golden Suns Off to Best Start Since 2011-12

Arkansas Tech University’s Katrina Hayden scored a season-high 23 points and the Golden Suns remained undefeated with an 81-67 non-conference win over Oklahoma Christian University at the Payne Athletic Center in Oklahoma City on Saturday afternoon.

Hayden was 6-of-7 from the field, including 4-of-5 from beyond the 3-point arc, and 7-of-8 at the free throw line.

Arkansas Tech (5-0) led 37-33 and pulled away with a 16-3 run over a span of 5:07 early in the second half. Mary Crow capped the surge with a layup at the 11:58 mark of the second half to give the Golden Suns a 59-42 advantage.

Tech maintained at least an 11-point margin the rest of the way as it marked its first 5-0 start to a women’s basketball season since 2011-12, when the Golden Suns won their first nine games of the season.

Fatima Adams recorded her third consecutive double-double for Arkansas Tech with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Crow finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

McKenzie Stanford paced Oklahoma Christian (2-4) with 15 points.

The Golden Suns will open Great American Conference play by hosting Ouachita Baptist University for a 5:30 p.m. contest at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday, Dec. 4.

First-Half Run Lifts Wonder Boys to Win

Arkansas Tech University used a 26-0 run in the first half to key a 67-55 victory over the Northeastern State University RiverHawks in non-conference men’s basketball at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Friday night.

Three consecutive 3-pointers by Tyler Friedel sparked the Wonder Boys’ surge and gave them an 11-2 lead with 13:24 left in the first half. When Nick Wayman capped the run with a trey at the 5:30 mark of the opening period, Arkansas Tech owned a 28-2 advantage.

Northeastern State missed 16 consecutive field goal tries and committed six turnovers during Tech’s 26-0 run.

The Wonder Boys (3-3) went on to lead 36-15 at halftime. Northeastern State (1-4) pulled within 46-37 with 8:58 remaining in the second half, but an 8-0 spurt by Arkansas Tech pushed the margin back to 17 points.

The RiverHawks made it interesting again down the stretch with a 12-1 run to cut the Wonder Boys’ lead to 63-55 with under 90 seconds to play. A pair of Bryson Fletcher free throws and a Branden Williams layup over the final 1:15 set the final score as Tech earned its second consecutive victory.

Williams finished with season highs of 17 points and eight rebounds. Friedel had 11 points and seven rebounds.

Northeastern State’s Michael Harmon led all scorers with 21 points, 17 of which came in the second half.

Arkansas Tech will conclude its weekend classic at Tucker Coliseum by hosting Southwest Baptist University at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29. Tickets will be available at the door. Those with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card will be admitted free of charge.

Radio station KWKK 100.9 FM will have the broadcast. Live audio, live video and live statistics will be available at

Wilbers to Face Alma Mater on Saturday

Arkansas Tech University head women’s basketball coach Dave Wilbers will lead his team to a place he is very familiar with on Saturday, Nov. 29.

The Golden Suns will take on the Oklahoma Christian University Lady Eagles in non-conference action at the Payne Athletic Center in Oklahoma City.

Wilbers is an alumnus of Oklahoma Christian. He played baseball there and graduated in 1991 before beginning a coaching career that led him to Arkansas Tech in 2007. Now in his eighth season with the Golden Suns, Wilbers’ career record at Arkansas Tech is 172-43.

Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (4-0) vs. Oklahoma Christian Lady Eagles (2-3)
When: Saturday, Nov. 29, 1 p.m.
Where: Payne Athletic Center, Oklahoma City
Live Audio/Live Statistics:
Series: Tech leads 1-0

About the Golden Suns: Arkansas Tech will seek its first 5-0 start to a women’s basketball season since the 2011-12 season on Saturday. The Golden Suns are led in scoring by junior forward Fatima Adams (23.8 points per game) and sophomore guard Anissa Pounds (17.0 points per game). In the only previous meeting between the two programs, Arkansas Tech defeated Oklahoma Christian 64-46 in the quarterfinals of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Regional Tournament on March 6, 1980, at Durant, Okla.

About the Lady Eagles: Oklahoma Christian is transitioning to NCAA Division II status as a member of the Heartland Conference after leaving the NAIA and the Sooner Athletic Conference. Head coach Stephanie Findley, who has 562 career wins, is in her 30th season as the head women’s basketball coach at her alma mater. She guided Oklahoma Christian to 13 NAIA National Tournament berths, including trips to the quarterfinals in 1986, 2003 and 2010. The 2014-15 Lady Eagles are led in scoring by sophomore forward McKenzie Stanford (18.6 points per game) and senior guard Logan McKee (14.6 points per game).