Archives for December 2017

Wonder Boys Extend Win Streak to Seven

R.J. Glasper matched his career high with 26 points to lead Arkansas Tech University to a 96-81 non-conference men’s basketball victory over the Missouri S&T Miners on Sunday at the Bullman Multi-Purpose Building in Rolla, Mo.

Glasper came off the bench and sparked the Wonder Boys (9-1) with three 3-pointers in a span of 43 seconds to give Tech a 22-13 edge with 12:13 to go before halftime.

The redshirt freshman from Forrest City scored 22 first-half points and the Wonder Boys led 50-33 at the intermission.

“We call R.J. a walking basket getter,” said Chad Kline, ATU head coach. “He’s got one thing on his mind when he comes in the game. Against a zone defense you aren’t always going to get layups. They were willing to give us open jump shots, and that’s our strength. I’ll take that all day, every day. I just wish I could have gotten R.J. to shoot it more in that first half.”

The 15-minute break for halftime did nothing to slow Tech’s momentum. Harris Brown made a 3-pointer and a 12-foot jumper in the lane followed by back-to-back 3-pointers by Freddy Lee. That 11-0 spurt over the first 2:51 of the half gave the Wonder Boys a 61-33 advantage.

Missouri S&T (2-8) pulled within 87-77 with 1:29 remaining, but a Mason Cline 3-pointer with 57.7 seconds left was the final dagger. Arkansas Tech made 4-of-6 free throws over the final 39.7 seconds to seal its seventh consecutive win.

Harris Brown finished with 17 points for ATU, while Cline notched 11 points. Alex Brown and Lee contributed 10 points apiece. Lee also had 10 assists against no turnovers over 32 minutes at point guard.

Arkansas Tech forced the Miners into 18 turnovers and held a 28-9 edge in points off turnovers.

Chris Harris scored a team-high 23 points for Missouri S&T.

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

Golden Suns Blitz Blue Tigers 93-55

Arkansas Tech University’s full-court press accumulated no rust over the holiday break.

The Golden Suns forced Lincoln University (Mo.) into 31 turnovers and ran away from the Blue Tigers 93-55 in non-conference women’s basketball at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Saturday.

“Credit our players, they came back from the holiday break in shape,” said Dave Wilbers, ATU head coach. “They did a good job of working out, and then we came back and had three of our best practices of the year. Lincoln is a good half-court team, so we knew we needed to get the tempo going today.”

Arkansas Tech (7-1) scored the first five points of the game and maintained the lead the rest of the way. It was 20-12 at the end of the first quarter, and a 17-3 Golden Suns’ run over the first 4:37 of the second quarter pushed their advantage to 37-15.

Tech forced the Blue Tigers (3-9) into 20 first-half turnovers and used a 30-2 edge in points off turnovers to build a 55-21 lead at the intermission.

Any remaining doubt was erased when the Golden Suns scored the first 11 points of the third quarter to build their largest margin of the day at 45 points. Tech maintained at least a 31-point lead the rest of the way.

ATU matched its season-high in 3-point field goals made with 10 and had its highest-scoring game of the season.

Lyrik Williams had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way for the Golden Suns. Tech’s Taylor Ely, Kylie Ladd, Jacie Higgins and Ke’Vonshaye Stackhouse scored 13 points apiece. Ashley Breathitt notched nine points and a game-high six steals.

Citlali Lopez scored a game-high 26 points for Lincoln.

The Golden Suns will resume Great American Conference play by visiting Oklahoma Baptist University for a 5:30 p.m. contest in Shawnee, Okla., on Thursday, Jan. 4. Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com will have live coverage.

“We have a lot of little things that need improvement,” said Wilbers. “We need to work on the rotations in our zone defense, and we are committing some unnecessary fouls. We have time to work on those things while school is out. This is a time when we need to dedicate our lives to basketball.”

Wonder Boys Hit the Road on New Year’s Eve

Arkansas Tech University and Missouri University of Science and Technology will face each other on New Year’s Eve for a second consecutive year when they meet in non-conference men’s basketball action at Rolla, Mo., on Sunday.

It will mark just the third time the Wonder Boys have paid the Miners a visit. Arkansas Tech’s most recent trip to Missouri S&T resulted in a 57-55 Wonder Boys’ victory on Dec. 5, 1997.

ATU Wonder Boys (8-1) vs. Missouri S&T Miners (2-7)
When: Sunday, Dec. 31, 2 p.m.

Where: Gabe Bullman Multi-Purpose Building, Rolla, Mo.  
Radio/Internet: KCJC 102.3 FM/www.arkansastechsports.com
Series: ATU leads 3-2

About the Wonder Boys: Arkansas Tech defeated Missouri S&T 91-88 when they met on the final day of 2016. Alex Brown scored a career-high 40 points in the win. He became the 15th Arkansas Tech men’s basketball player to score 40 or more points in a game, and the first to reach that plateau since Denarryl Rice had 40 points against Lincoln University on Nov. 25, 2005. This season, Brown has become a force on the glass with an 8.2 rebounds per game average, second-highest in the Great American Conference. The Wonder Boys have been idle since a 100-88 win at Northeastern State University on Dec. 19. It was Tech’s sixth consecutive win, and it marked the fourth time in the last 20 years that the Wonder Boys have scored 100 or more points in a road game.

About the Miners: Missouri S&T is a member of NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Its final game before the holiday break was a 96-87 loss to Harris-Stowe State University on Dec. 18. Freshman guards Chris Harris (15 points per game) and Allante Pickens (12.5 points per game) along with junior forwards Sebastian Ferenc (12.5 points per game) and Romain Louiserre (12.1 points per game) are the Miners’ leading scorers. Missouri S&T has not had a winning men’s basketball season since 1996-97.

Golden Suns Host Blue Tigers Saturday

Arkansas Tech University women’s basketball will return from the holiday break by hosting Lincoln University (Mo.) for an in-region clash on Saturday, Dec. 30.

Tickets ($5 adults/$3 students and senior citizens) will be available at the Tucker Coliseum ticket office. Those with a valid ATU identification card will be admitted free of charge.

ATU Golden Suns (6-1) vs. Lincoln Blue Tigers (3-8)
When: Saturday, Dec. 30, 1 p.m.
Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville
Radio/Internet: KCJC 102.3 FM/www.arkansastechsports.com
Series: First meeting

About the Golden Suns: Freshman guard Ke’Vonshaye Stackhouse scored a career-high 17 points and sophomore forward Ryann Goodsell added a career-high 16 points to lead Arkansas Tech to an 80-59 win over Lane College in Tech’s final game before the holiday break on Dec. 14. The Golden Suns rank among the top NCAA Division II teams in the nation in field goal percentage defense (5th, .324), rebound margin (6th, +12.1 per game), offensive rebounds (6th, 18 per game), steals (8th, 13.7 per game) and scoring offense (16th, 82.3 points per game). ATU junior guard Kylie Ladd leads NCAA Division II in steals (4.4 per game).

About the Blue Tigers: Lincoln University is a member of NCAA Division II and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The Blue Tigers are on a four-game losing streak, the most recent of which was a 66-58 loss to Washburn University on Dec. 18. Senior guard Citlali Lopez (12.5 points per game) is Lincoln’s top scorer. She ranks fourth in the MIAA in 3-point field goals made (2.4 per game).

Holiday Break at Arkansas Tech University

Arkansas Tech University is closed for the holiday break from Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, through Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Offices will re-open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Classes for the spring 2018 semester will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

ATU students on the Russellville campus who have not yet registered for spring 2018 classes may contact the Roy and Christine Sturgis Academic Advising Center by calling (479) 964-0843 or sending e-mail to adviseme@atu.edu beginning on Jan. 2, 2018.