Weevils Cruise to Victory in Home Opener

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    MONTICELLO, Ark. (UAM) - The University of Arkansas at Monticello men's basketball eclipsed the 100-point mark in scoring for the first time since the 2011-12 season in a 101-51 victory over Champion Baptist College on Saturday in the team's first home game of the 2013-14 season.

    The last time UAM scored at least 100 points was also against Champion Baptist, a 116-45 win over the Tigers on December 10, 2011 at home.

    UAM shot 72 percent from the field in the second half and held the Tigers to a total of 16 made field goals throughout the contest for UAM's most sizeable win since a 68-point victory over Crowley's Ridge last season at home.

    All 12 of UAM's active players recorded at least 12 minutes played in the win, and all 12 scored at least four points. Senior Brandon Wilson led the Weevils with 16 points in 17 minutes of action. Wilson played on 11 minutes in the first half and six in the second half. He also added five rebounds in the win.

    Junior Tre Wells, junior Jordan Weaver and sophomore Ryan Lensing all reached double-digits in scoring with 11, 10 and 10 points, respectively. Senior Lonnie Cottrell led all players with nine rebounds and also added seven points. Junior Kenric McCants added seven assists and eight points.

    UAM (2-1) finished the game with a 39-19 edge in rebounding, a 48-12 edge in points in the paint and a 60-15 edge in bench scoring.

    After a slow start offensively in the first nine minutes of the game, UAM reached a 10-point lead at the 11:23 mark on a free throw from senior Josh Gibson. The Weevils extended that lead to 20 points at the 5:49 mark on a layup from senior Dayton Mickens.

    The Weevils led by as much as 25 points in the first half and took a 22-point lead of 46-24 into the locker room at the break.

    UAM outscored the Tigers (1-9) 55-27 in the second half. The Weevils grabbed a 30-point lead at the 13:50 mark on a layup from Gibson and eclipsed the 40-point lead mark with 5:29 remaining on a three-pointer from Lensing, one of three treys made by the Greenwood, Ark. native in the contest. UAM held theTigers without a point for nearly six minutes during that span.

    Weaver went into double-digits scoring and gave UAM it's final 50-point advantage with a pair of free throws with two seconds remaining in regulation.

    Stephen Hurst led the Tigers with 19 points. Seth Shoemaker added 10.

    The Boll Weevils return to the court next Thursday, November 21 at home in the Great American Conference opener against Southwestern Oklahoma State. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. inside Steelman Field House.

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