SEARCY, Ark. - The University of Arkansas at Monticello men's basketball team held a 37-27 edge in rebounding and a 42-20 margin in the points in the paint category to headline a 72-70 Great American Conference road victory over Harding on Saturday night at the Rhodes Field House.
Saturday's win over Harding marks the first time UAM has left the Rhodes Field House with a victory since February 21, 2009 (78-62).
The Bisons (12-12, 9-9 GAC) led for the entire first half, including a double-digit advantage midway through the opening period, and maintained the lead throughout the first six minutes of the second half before the Weevils(17-9, 10-8 GAC) got on top for the first time on a layup from junior Sharif Hudson at the 13:24 mark to put his team up 51-50.
From that point on, there were seven tie scores and six lead changes with neither team leading by more than five points. Harding gained a 64-59 lead with 6:26 remaining on a layup from Weston Jameson, but the Weevils answered with a three pointer from senior Brandon Sims and a layup from junior Kenric McCants to force the eighth overall tie score with 4:38 remaining.
UAM was advantageous of the final lead change of the contest on a put back dunk by senior Brandon Wilson with 3:30 remaining. Harding was able to tie the score twice more in the final three minutes, but UAM's Sharif Hudson answered both times with made layups in the final one minute and three seconds.
UAM finished the game shooting 45 percent from the field (30-for-67), 42 percent on three-pointers (4-for-14) and 62 percent on foul shots (8-for-13). Harding shot 46 percent from the field (22-for-48), 42 percent on three-pointers (11-for-26) and 79 percent on foul shots (15-for-19).
Wilson led UAM with 20 points. Sims chipped in with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. McCants and junior Tre Wells also reached double digits with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Harding's Jacob Gibson led all scorers with 23 points.
The Weevils return to Monticello for the final two games of the regular season, starting this upcoming Thursday (Feb. 27) against rival Southern Arkansas. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. inside Steelman Field House.