A red hot start gave nationally 14th-ranked Arkansas Tech enough cushion to hold off the Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils and post a 73-65 Gulf South Conference victory at Steelman Field House in Monticello on Saturday.
The Wonder Boys (18-3 overall, 9-0 GSC) made eight of their first 12 field goal tries and jumped out to a 16-2 lead with 15:27 to go in the first half.
Tech led 38-22 at halftime and by as many as 23 points early in the second half, but UAM's L.A. Farmer was not ready to mail it in.
Farmer scored 28 of his game-high 32 points after halftime, including three free throws with 25.9 seconds left that cut the Wonder Boys' advantage to 69-65.
Jeremy Dunbar, who led Arkansas Tech with 27 points, made sure that was as close as the Boll Weevils would get. He made 4-of-4 free throws in the final 20.1 seconds to seal the Wonder Boys 12th consecutive victory.
The win allowed Tech to avenge its only GSC loss since 2009. UAM beat Tech 58-51 in Monticello on Feb. 25, 2010.
Johnie Davis added 17 points and Matt Haney scored 10 points for the Wonder Boys, who maintained sole possession of first place in the GSC West Division.
Ricardo Hall and Sergio Crowe notched 11 points apiece for the Boll Weevils (12-9, 4-5).
The Wonder Boys will host Christian Brothers at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14.
It will be "Project: Feed Arkansas Night" at Tucker Coliseum. Fans who donate one or more non-perishable food items to the Arkansas Rice Depot at the door will gain discounted admission ($5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens).
Those with a valid Tech identification card will be admitted free.
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