After a 99-56 licking Sunday by Arkansas State University, the University of Central Arkansas’ men’s basketball team has to quickly prepare for another Sun Belt Conference team.

The Bears (1-3) take on Troy at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Farris Center.

They’ll have to shake off some bad memories from Sunday’s game at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

ASU (3-2) jumped on the Bears early, on the way to a 46-20 halftime lead. A three-minute scoreless streak by the Bears to begin the second half allowed the Red Wolves to lead by 46 and coast to a win.

"We ran every offense we’ve got; we just couldn’t knock down any shots," said UCA coach Clarence Finley. "We didn’t screen well, couldn’t dribble drive, and it turned into a long night on both ends of the court. We got in foul trouble early, that put us behind from the start and we could never get back in the game."

ASU forward Kirk Van Slyke scored a season-high 23 points, and guard Melvin Johnson III had 17 in leading five ASU players in double figures.

The Red Wolves forced 24 UCA turnovers and held the Bears to 21-of-60 shooting for 35 percent. 

"We had a little better collection of players who defended really well and we wore them down in the first 15 minutes," said ASU coach John Brady. "We were able to score off our defense and get control of the game. Our guys made a better commitment to defend and rebound."

Lenell Brown led the Bears with 12 points in 13 minutes on 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range and was the only UCA player in double figures.


SEARCY — Greenbrier’s girls’ basketball team split games against Batesville and Seary over the weekend in the Searcy Classic.

The Lady Panthers defeated Batesville, 39-35.

Alexis Hogan had 11 points, Kenzie Batterton 10 and Kory Westerman, nine.

Searcy then defeated the Lady Panthers, 51-38. Hannah Cleveland had 10 points to lead the Lady Panthers.

Westerman had eight and Brooklyn Freeling and Batterton, six each.


MAYFLOWER — Mayflower’s senior boys ran their record to 2-0 Friday with an 80-48 victory over Bald Knob.

Hayden Long led the Eagles with 29 points, Drew Duncan added 21 and J.P. Perry 11.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — University of Central Arkansas freshman Brooke Cassar finished 54th at the 2013 NCAA Women’s Cross Country Championships on Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course at Indiana State University.

Cassar, from Woonona, New South Wales, Australia, was 14 spots short of earning All-America honors in the 254-runner field. Cassar finished in a time of 20:55.7 on the 6K course, which was shortened by 110 meters for safety reasons because of course conditions.

Cassar won the Southland Conference championship earlier this month and finished ninth at the NCAA South Central Regional two weeks ago.


SOUTHLAKE, Texas — The Hendrix women swimmers finished ninth, and the men 10th last weekend at the Trinity University Western Shootout.

Sophomore Bayley Krell had the highest finish of the day, placing third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:09.85.

Senior Jo Claire Robertson had a 2:17.75 time in the 200 backstroke, placing ninth.

Senior John Byford, of Oklahoma City, had the best finishes for the Warrior men. He placed 11th in the 400 IM in 4:29.09, 15th in the 200 free in 1:50.01, 18th in the 500 freestyle in 5:05.55 and 19th in the 200 backstroke in 2:09.53.

Oklahoma Baptist won the men’s field with 818 points. It was followed by Henderson State (617.5), Trinity (Texas) (493), UT Permian Basin (344.5), Wayland Baptist (311), Southwestern (Texas) (304), Centenary (La.) (151), McMurry (104), Austin (86) and Hendrix (71).

OBU also won the women’s meet with 948 points. They were followed by Trinity (713.5), HSU (459), UTPB (282), Southwestern (276.5), Centenary (209), McMurry (142), Austin (126), Hendrix (125) and WBU (55).