Live Blog: Wonder Boys vs. Harding


Men’s Championship
#13 Arkansas Tech vs. #17 Harding
4 p.m.
Sunday, March 6
DeSoto Civic Center – Southaven, Miss.

11:00 a.m. — Arkansas Tech will try to close out its Gulf South Conference era by capturing a third consecutive GSC Tournament men’s basketball championship this afternoon. The Wonder Boys defeated Valdosta State (2009) and Alabama-Huntsville (2010) to win the title the last two years, but this year the Wonder Boys must go through one of their fellow GSC West Division members to earn their third consecutive championship.

11:05 a.m. — Arkansas Tech and Harding are both among nine institutions that will begin competing in the new NCAA Division II Great American Conference next fall, so this will be the final GSC Tournament game ever for both programs.

11:15 a.m. — The Wonder Boys swept two regular season meetings from the Bisons this year. Arkansas Tech blasted the Bisons 85-55 in Russellville on Jan. 27. Click here to read more about that game. The Wonder Boys needed overtime to top Harding 72-71 in Searcy on Feb. 24. Click here to read a recap of that contest.

11:20 a.m. — Remember that today’s game will be broadcast in the Arkansas River Valley by KWKK 100.9 FM. Click here and scroll down to today’s date to access an Internet stream of that broadcast.

11:25 a.m. — Tip-off is set for 4 p.m., so check back with us later for the starting line-ups and updates from the game.

4:05 p.m. — Arkansas Tech starters: Laithe Massey, Johnie Davis, Jeremy Dunbar, James Causey and James Giles.

4:06 p.m. — Harding starters: Kirk Porter, Kevin Brown, Sam Brown, Stephen Blake and Bradley Spencer.

4:14 p.m. — Harding hits four of its first five field goal tries to take an 8-5 lead with 15:26 left in the first half.

4:38 p.m. — Harding is 14-of-22 (64 percent) from the field and the Bisons lead 33-20 with 4:52 left in the half.

4:52 p.m. — Harding leads 39-26 at halftime. The Wonder Boys are just 9-of-28 (32 percent) from the field. Harding is 16-of-27 (59 percent). Sam Brown leads the Bisons with nine points. James Causey is pacing Tech with seven points.

6:31 p.m. — Please accept our apologies. The wireless Internet service in the arena went away after halftime and never came back. Harding went on to win the game 80-61 and its first (and last) GSC Tournament championship. Kevin Brown had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead the Bisons to victory. Harding shot 58 percent from the field, compared to 35 percent for Arkansas Tech.

6:33 p.m. — Check back shortly for a full recap.