(Arkansas Tech University)
WINTER PARK, Fla. (ATU) - The Arkansas Tech Golden Suns basketball team (5-1) will return to action this Monday and Tuesday at the Tars Holiday Classic hosted by Rollins College.
The Golden Suns will open play with a 3 p.m. Monday contest against Bluefield State and will conclude play on Tuesday with a 1 p.m. contest against host Rollins.
Bluefield State (2-7) enters the game coming off a 71-70 win over Salem International, and as winners of two of three, having picked up an 85-70 win over Oakland City before falling to Southern Indiana 87-57. Bluefield State has been led thus far by Kearah Jefferys, who has averaged 11.0 points per contest over the first eight games of the season.
16th-ranked Rollins presents a daunting challenge for the Golden Suns. Rollins enters the contest with an 8-2 overall record. However, the Tars are coming off a tough 66-57 loss to conference foe Saint Leo. The two teams have played one common opponent thus far this season, as both teams squared off against Central Missouri.
On Nov. 16, Rollins faced the then-No. 8 Jennies and fell 73-45 in Winter Park. The Golden Suns fared slightly better, dropping an 82-68 decision to the then-No. 5 Jennies on Dec. 1.
Both games will be carried live on KWKK-FM (100.9) in Russellville, and can be heard online at www.arkansastechsports.com. Live video and stats are available at www.rollinssports.com.