Wonder Boys Beat #21 Northeastern State

Arkansas Tech’s Darrick Little scored a career-high 21 points and the Wonder Boys shot 51 percent from the field in a 73-68 non-conference men’s basketball victory over nationally 21st-ranked Northeastern State University at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Friday night.

Little was 6-of-9 from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, as Arkansas Tech (4-2) avenged a loss at Northeastern State last year and pulled ahead 22-21 in the all-time series between the two programs.

Marshawn Arnold (photographed) added 15 points, Tyler Friedel scored 12 points and Willie Rogers notched 10 points for the Wonder Boys, who won their third consecutive game.

Bryton Hobbs scored a game-high 28 points for the RiverHawks (4-2).

Arkansas Tech led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but Northeastern State closed the period on a 14-4 run and tied it 29-29 at halftime on a pair of Hobbs free throws with two seconds remaining.

Arnold’s 3-point play with 3:44 left in the second half staked the Wonder Boys to a 65-56 advantage. The RiverHawks pulled as close as three points in the final minute, but Arnold blocked a layup attempt by Hobbs with 21 seconds left to help preserve the victory.

Northeastern State was 5-of-28 (18 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc.

The Wonder Boys will face nationally sixth-ranked Midwestern State (5-1) at 4 p.m. Saturday in the final game of a weekend classic at Tucker Coliseum. The MSU Mustangs suffered a 74-70 loss to Harding University during day one action at the classic on Friday.

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