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Wonder Boys Drop Season Opener at NSU

Northeastern State University scored the final 11 points of the game to pull away for a 75-60 win over the nationally 19th-ranked Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys in non-conference men's basketball at Jack Dobbins Fieldhouse in Tahlequah, Okla., on Thursday night.

Northeastern State University scored the final 11 points of the game to pull away for a 75-60 win over the nationally 19th-ranked Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys in non-conference men's basketball at Jack Dobbins Fieldhouse in Tahlequah, Okla., on Thursday night.

The RiverHawks (2-0) led by as many as 19 points in the first half and 37-23 at halftime, but Arkansas Tech started the second half on an 18-6 run to pull within 43-41 with 14:17 left.

However, Northeastern State never relinquished the lead it grabbed with a 7-0 run to start the game. The RiverHawks put it away by outscoring the Wonder Boys 11-0 over the final 2:38 of the contest.

Bryton Hobbs led the RiverHawks with 26 points. Ethan Anderson had 14 points and Landon DeMasters notched 13 points for Northeastern State.

Willie Kirkland led the Wonder Boys with 22 points. Will Paul added 10 points.

Arkansas Tech (0-1) shot 22-of-59 (37 percent) from the field, while Northeastern State was 22-of-39 (56 percent). The RiverHawks also made 24-of-26 (92 percent) from the free throw line.

The Wonder Boys will participate in the Drury Classic at Springfield, Mo., on Friday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 24.

Arkansas Tech will face Missouri-St. Louis at 1 p.m. on Nov. 23 and Drury University at 3:15 p.m. on Nov. 24.

Both games will be broadcast by KWKK 100.9 FM.

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