A solid inside-outside combination carried the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks to a 104-88 victory over the University of Central Arkansas on Saturday afternoon in a makeup men’s basketball game at the Farris Center.
UNO center John Karhoff, a smooth 6-foot-8, 235-pound senior, scored 28 points for the Mavericks (10-4), hitting 10 of 13 from the field and eight of eight from the free-throw line. The Mavericks also nailed 11 of 22 from 3-point range, led by senior guard Justin Simmons, who was four of seven.
The Bears countered with a one-two punch of seniors LaQuentin Miles and DeShone McClure. Miles, in just his second game since regaining his eligibility, scored 28 points and pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds, nearly half of UCA’s team total of 34. McClure added 21 points, including 3 of 6 shooting from three-point range.
"They played Minnesota well, they played UNLV well," said UCA coach Clarence Finley. The Bears shot 50 percent from the field in the first half and for the game, but made just 18 of 29 (62.1 percent) from the free-throw line, their second straight game where the line cost them. The Mavericks were 21 of 24 (87.5 percent) at the line.
"We made some early in the game, but then down the stretch when we had to have them, we made one or two here or there," Finley said. "We’re going to get better at free throws. We’re going to keep working at it religiously."
Jalen Jackson added 15 points for the Bears, who dropped their fifth straight game to fall to 2-8 overall with one non-conference game remaining before Southland Conference play opens next week. UCA hosts Ecclesia at 4 p.m. Monday in the second game of a doubleheader with the Sugar Bears, who take on Philander Smith at 2 p.m.
SLC play begins Thursday with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi coming to the Farris Center. UCA also hosts Houston Baptist on Saturday afternoon.
The Hendrix College women’s basketball team opened the La Quinta Inn & Suites Holiday Classic with a 66-57 win over East Texas Baptist University at Grove Gymnasium on Saturday.
The Lady Tigers (2-5) took a 31-29 lead into halftime. Then, the Warriors (4-6), who were sparked by a big a second half from senior forward Katie Coughran with 14 points, seven rebounds and two steals, opened the half with a 16-4 run over the first six minutes, taking control of the game.
The Warriors held a big 53-41 edge in rebounds with three players reaching double-digit boards.
Coughran recorded her first double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. Kriesel-Bigler led all players with 18 points and dished out seven assists. Freshman guard Taylor Neal added 16 points, five boards and three assists. Senior center Jamie Tate grabbed 14 rebounds and freshman forward Anna King came off the bench for six points and 11 rebounds.
Hendrix will wrap up the Classic against Schreiner University on Monday at 3 p.m.
Conway’s Lady Cats were swept away by a fourth-quarter onslaught in sustaining their first defeat of the season Friday.
In the Sandra Meadows Classic at Duncanville, Texas, Plano West outscored the Lady Cats, 31-8, in the fourth quarter on the way to a 74-58 victory in the quarterfinals. Morgann Yancey scored 13 of her 18 points in the final period for Plano.
The Lady Cats, who led by 40-33 at the half and 51-43 after three quarters, were led by Alexis Tolefree and Jordan Danberry with 17 points each. Christin Rogers had nine.
CARLISLE — The Mayflower senior girls beat Midland 63-32, Friday in the first round in the Carlisle Invitational.
Jessica Webb scored 21 points for the Lady Eagles and LonJanae Wyatt had 12 points.