The University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears got a dose of their own medicine Monday night from the Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington, Ind.
Through the first three games of the season, Central Arkansas had more than doubled its opponents with 23 3-pointers made. Monday night, Indiana made 10 – as many as the first three UCA opponents combined – to propel the Hoosiers past the Sugar Bears 80-53.
It was the return matchup from a game two years ago when the Sugar Bears stunned the Big Ten team in Conway.
In suffering their first defeat of the season, the Sugar Bears (3-1) made just two of 15 (13.3 percent) from beyond the arc while allowing the Hoosiers (4-0) to convert 47.6 percent from 3-point range and 46.2 percent overall (30 of 65).
The game was tightly contested in the first half until the Hoosiers outscored the Sugar Bears 15-8 over a span of just more than five minutes — including making four 3s in a span of 1:32 — to take a 27-16 lead and pull away for good. After building the lead to 15 at halftime, the Hoosiers continued their attack in the second half – making 16 field goals, with four 3-pointers, while holding the Sugar Bears to eight baskets in building a 41-28 second-half scoring advantage.
UCA got 10 points and seven rebounds from senior Courtney Duever, while junior Terai Sadler added eight points and five rebounds, and junior Brittany Agee had seven and seven. Indiana had three players in double figures, led by Larryn Brooks’ 15.
The Sugar Bears return home on Saturday when they face ULM at noon in the Farris Center.
The Conway Blue (boys basketball team opened the 2013-2014 season Monday with a win over the Alma, 47-35, in the Russellville Junior Cyclone Invitation tournament.
Gentreall Taylor scored 11 points in the second half on the way to 17. Darrius Tate had 14 points, 12 in the second half. Markeese Jones, DJ Henson, & Shamar Harper each had four points. Destin Macon and Seth Long each had two points
Conway will return to action of Thursday in the 8 p.m. semifinals.
CCS JUNIOR GIRLS
Conway Christian’s Maddy Pelley hit a corner basket in the final minute to break a 31-31 tie and Karissa Duker added two free throws with five seconds left in overtime as the Lady Eagles (2-1) defeated Carlisle, 35-31, in the first round of the Guy-Perkins junior tournament.
Duker had 16 points, nine rebounds, and four steals. Carly Lawrence added nine points and eight rebounds, while Adrianna Ferrand scored eight points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
A basketball by Ferrand in the final minute of regulation tied the game at 29.
"This was a big win for this team. We didn’t play our best game, but gutty efforts by several of the players: Duker, Ferrand, Lawrence, Dather, and others played key roles in the game," said coach Jeremy Carson.
The CCS girls will play Shirley in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Thursday.
The Faulkner County Falcons 18U homeschool basketball team defeated the Springfield, Mo., Rush last weekend, 75-45, in a road game.
Daniel McNair and Aaron Griffin hd 14 points and eight rebounds each. McNair added five steals. Point guard, Mark Baker had 12 points and eight assists, Timothy Sims had eight points, Colton Ferrell seven points while Blake Murphy and Evan Woodfin each had six points. Other scorers were Alex Rieth and Daniel Parrish with three points each and Chris Benson with two.
The 18U Falcons are back in action Friday in Hot Springs and Saturday at the Greenbrier Event Center.