Archives for January 2019

Wonder Boys Earn Third Straight Win

East Central University dominated the offensive glass for the first 16 minutes of the men’s contest at Tucker Coliseum on Thursday night.

Arkansas Tech University turned that story on its ear the rest of the way and cruised to a 92-80 Great American Conference victory.

The Tigers (11-7 overall, 8-5 GAC) outscored the Wonder Boys 16-1 in second chance points over those first 16 minutes.

Arkansas Tech (7-12, 5-8) held a 16-3 edge in second chance points from that point forward.

“We started going to rebound,” said Chad Kline, ATU head coach, when asked what changed for his side. “We told the guys that if you are not the one shooting, assume it’s a miss. We sent one guy back and three to the glass.”

Tech’s Will Adler finished with 25 points. He was 7-of-11 from 3-point range. Alex Brown notched 23 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field.

Mason Cline knocked down 4-of-6 3-point attempts and scored 14 points for the Wonder Boys, who won their third consecutive game.

Tech was 15-of-30 from beyond the 3-point arc.

“We’re scoring at a lot higher clip,” said Kline. “You have to be in shape to hoist that many threes. The guys will tell you it hasn’t been a lot of fun in practice. All we’ve done is run and shoot, but those two things are working for us.”

The Wonder Boys took the lead for good on back-to-back 3-pointers by Adler and Cline to end the first half. It was 48-45 at the intermission.

An 11-2 run midway through the second half allowed Tech to pull away for a 71-57 margin at the 10:18 mark. The Wonder Boys maintained a double digit lead for the duration of the evening.

Da’Rion King had 21 points and seven rebounds for East Central.

Arkansas Tech will face Southeastern Oklahoma State University for a 3 p.m. men’s contest at Tucker Coliseum on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Tickets ($5 adults/$3 students and senior citizens) will be available at the door. Free admission will be granted to those with a valid ATU identification card.

Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com will provide live coverage.

10-0 Run to Finish Wins It for Golden Suns

When winning time arrived at Tucker Coliseum on Thursday night, Arkansas Tech University head coach Dave Wilbers turned to his 2-3 zone defense.

The Golden Suns held East Central University scoreless for the final 2:44 and earned a 64-56 win over the Tigers, who entered the game in sole possession of second place in the GAC standings.

“Our zone defense might have been the difference,” said Wilbers. “We challenged their shots real well. We made plays at clutch time. The girls did a good job looking for each other, and we were able to gut out a win over a good team.”

ECU (14-5 overall, 9-4 GAC) took a 56-54 lead on a Tia Williams 3-pointer with 2:44 left, but those proved to be the Tigers’ final points of the night.

Hannah Villines tied the score on a pair of free throws and gave the Golden Suns (8-11, 5-8) the lead for good at 58-56 when she took a Jayana Sanders pass and laid it in at the 1:44 mark.

After a Tiger turnover, Ke’Vonshaye Stackhouse swooped to the basket for a scoop shot, was fouled and connected on the free throw to make it 61-56 with 1:08 left.

A steal and layup by Sanders with 20 seconds to go sealed it for the Golden Suns, who avenged a last-second 61-59 loss at East Central on Jan. 5 and improved to 9-1 all-time in home games against the Tigers.

Stackhouse matched her season high with 21 points, while Ryann Goodsell tied her career high for Tech with 16 points.

Nine of Villines’ 11 points came in the fourth quarter. She collected 10 rebounds. Sanders dished out a season-high eight assists.

Tia Williams had 12 points for ECU, which lost for just the second time in its last 13 games.

Arkansas Tech led 17-9 after one quarter and by as many as 12 points early in the second quarter.

That was when East Central found its shooting touch from the perimeter.

The Tigers, who rank top 25 in NCAA Division II in 3-point field goals made per game, were 0-of-4 from beyond the arc in the first quarter. They were 4-of-7 from that distance in the second quarter.

East Central made six of its final eight field goal tries overall to close out the opening half and went to the intermission with a 34-32 edge. The Tigers outscored the Golden Suns 10-0 in points off the bench during the first two quarters.

Both defenses locked down in the third period. The two sides were a combined 7-of-26 from the field during those 10 minutes and ECU maintained its two-point lead going to the final period.

The Golden Suns will host Southeastern Oklahoma State University for a 1 p.m. GAC contest at Tucker Coliseum on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Tickets ($5 adults/$3 students and senior citizens) will be available at the door. Free admission will be granted to those with a valid ATU identification card.

Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com will provide live coverage.

Stand-Up Comedian to Perform Thursday

Comedian Andrew Sleighter will perform at Arkansas Tech University’s Doc Bryan Lecture Hall on Thursday, Jan. 31.

The show, which is sponsored by ATU Student Activities Board, will begin at 7 p.m. Admission will be free with a valid ATU identification card.

Sleighter wrote and blogged for the “Sports Show” with Norm Macdonald on Comedy Central and was a regular on the MTV prank show “Money From Strangers.” He has performed on “Last Comic Standing” and Nuvo TV’s “Stand Up and Deliver.” He made his late-night stand-up debut on “Conan.”

A regular at colleges and comedy clubs across the country, Andrew’s also performed at some of the most prestigious comedy festivals in and out of the country including Bumbershoot, Bridgetown, The Cabo Comedy Festival, The Aspen Comedy Festival, Laughing Skull and the Johnny Carson Great American Comedy Festival.

Sleighter has also written and performed sketch comedy for Comedy Central.

Lunch With a Leader Set for February 12

The Arkansas Tech University Department of Campus Life Lunch With a Leader series will host Dr. Phillip Bridgmon, ATU interim vice president for academic affairs, for a roundtable discussion with students on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

The topic of the day will be challenges and opportunities for first generation college students. Bridgmon was a first generation student when he attended the University of North Alabama, from which he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.

He went on to earn a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from the University of Alabama and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in political science from the University of Alabama.

Bridgmon served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. from 2012-17, at which time he joined ATU as associate vice president for academic affairs. He has served as the interim chief academic officer at ATU since April 2018.

According to information provided by the ATU Department of Campus Life, the Lunch With a Leader series is designed to provide students with “a chance to learn from the experience of seasoned professionals from a variety of different fields as well as an opportunity to engage in conversation about the university community as a whole.”

Lunch is provided on a first come, first served basis.

The Feb. 12 event is an On Track event on the Leader Identified track.

Learn more about On Track.

Black History Month Kickoff Event Friday

Arkansas Tech University will commence its celebration of Black History Month 2019 with a kickoff event at Hindsman Tower on Friday, Feb. 1.

Beginning at 1:30 p.m., the assembly will feature a presentation about the origins of Black History Month and a vocal performance by ATU registered student organization United Voices of Praise.

Dr. Alaric Williams, associate professor of college student personnel and interim head of the ATU Department of College Student Personnel, will speak on what Black History Month means to him. ATU students will be offered an opportunity to speak on that topic as well.

Free hot chocolate will be served.

The event is sponsored by the ATU Department of Diversity and Inclusion.