Wonder Boys Survive and Advance 63-58

www.arkansastechsports.com will have the play-by-play description. “That was just Marshawn being Marshawn,” said Wonder Boys head coach Doug Karleskint. “I asked him before the game if he could dominate (Southeastern) for a third time, and he said yes sir. He rose to the occasion.” Arnold averaged 18.3 points per game in three meetings with the Savage Storm this season. Thursday’s game saw nine ties and seven lead changes. Neither team led by more than seven points all night. Back-to-back 2-point baskets by Arnold and Bryson Fletcher gave Arkansas Tech a 60-56 edge with 1:19 remaining. Urald King answered with a layup to pull the Savage Storm within 60-58 with 1:11 to go, but those proved to be the final two points of the game for Southeastern. Overlander’s free throws with 31.2 seconds left made it a two-possession game and Bobby Hatchett set the final margin by making a free throw with 14.4 seconds remaining. Darrick Little matched Arnold for Arkansas Tech team-high honors in scoring with 14 points. “(Little) made a lot of plays you just can’t coach,” said Karleskint, the 2013-14 GAC coach of the year. “He was able to get loose on the baseline several times and make some plays. Credit Southeastern…they kept us off balance all night.” The Wonder Boys overcame 33 percent shooting (19-of-58) from the field to survive and advance. Tech was 18-of-23 (78 percent) at the free throw line. Hatchett finished with nine points, 11 rebounds and six assists, while Tyler Friedel added nine points of his own. King and Taylor Smaller paced the Savage Storm with 16 points apiece. Southeastern Oklahoma State finished the season with a 9-18 overall record.]]>