Johnie Davis’ put-back basket with one second remaining lifted the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys to a 74-73 Great American Conference win over the Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils at Steelman Field House in Monticello on Thursday night. Davis drove the length of the floor and missed a running 12-footer in the waning seconds, but he rebounded his own miss and hit a 5-footer from right of the lane to give Arkansas-Monticello its first home loss of the season. “Our guys showed tons of guts here tonight,” said Arkansas Tech head coach Doug Karleskint. “There were a bunch of highs and lows in the game, and a lot of times in a game like that you see the road team crumble. It just drew us closer together.” Matt Haney led the Wonder Boys (15-4 overall, 7-2 GAC) with 18 points. Jared Williamson added 15 points, while Davis and Will Paul notched 10 points apiece. With the win, Tech remained in a tie for first place in the GAC standings with Henderson State. Sergio Crowe scored a game-high 20 points for Arkansas-Monticello (15-6, 5-4). Arkansas Tech took a 20-18 lead on Nick Wayman’s basket at the 8:23 mark of the first half. The Wonder Boys went on to lead by as many as five points over the final eight minutes of the half, but L.A. Farmer ended the half with a flurry for the Boll Weevils. The senior guard from Carrollton, Ga., scored the final five points of the opening period, including a 3-pointer from the right wing with 1.2 seconds left that gave the Boll Weevils a 37-36 lead at the intermission. The Wonder Boys will be idle until they host Southwestern Oklahoma State for a 7:30 p.m. GAC game at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday, Feb. 9. Promotional ticket prices of $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens will be in effect. Those with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card will be admitted free of charge. The Wonder Boys defeated SWOSU 78-72 in Weatherford, Okla., on Jan. 12.
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