HAMMOND, La. — Despite a 23-point performance by junior forward Mark Rutledge and a halftime lead, the University of Central Arkansas Bears fell to Southeastern Louisiana , 74-63, in Southland Conference action at the University Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Lions, who avenged an earlier defeat in Conway, improve to 13-13 overall and 7-7 in league play, while the Bears drop to 5-22 and 1-13.
UCA led 28-27 at hafltime.
With the score tied 38-38 with 15:30 left in the game, SLU guard Brandon Fortenberry scored the next nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers, during the next 4:11, giving the Lions the lead for good. SLU would go up by as many as 15 in the second half.
The Bears shot 47.6 percent in the first half, but only shot 33.3 percent in the second. The Lions improved from 35.7 percent to 53.6 from half to half. For the game SLU went 44.6 percent (25-of-56) from the floor, while UCA went 39.2 percent (20-of-51). The Lions made eight 3-pointers, while UCA only made three.
Rutledge went 9-for-14 from the field for a season-high 23 points and seven rebounds. Guards Dewan Clayborn and Mike Pouncy scored nine each for UCA.
UCA will play in San Antonio on Wednesday at UTSA for another Southland Conference game.