REDDIES Squander 10-point Lead, Loses To ATU 70-68

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    ARKADELPHIA---Willie Kirkland's layup with less than 2 seconds remaining lifted Arkansas Tech to a 70-68 win over Henderson State, Saturday at the Duke Wells Center.
    Henderson State built a 67-57 lead with 5:47 remaining in the game, but the Wonder Boys went on a 13-1 the rest of the way to escape with the win.
    The Reddies, 11-11 overall and 6-10 in the Great American Conference, had difficulties down the stretch with Arkansas Tech's full court pressure as Henderson State committed seven turnovers in the final five minutes.
    Arkansas Tech, 14-8 and 11-5 in the GAC, had a 40-39 lead at the break behind eight three points field goals including four by Kirkland.
    In the second-half, Henderson State had a stretch making seven of eight field goals to build a 64-54 lead as Melvin Haynes hit a pair of 3-pointers and Andrew Ensley crashed the boards having four defensive rebounds during the run.
    Kirkland then sparked Arkansas Tech by scoring 11 of his game-high 31 points while the Reddies failed to record a field goal in five attempts.
    Haynes and Ensley led Henderson State scoring 17 points each, while Peri James added 11. Ensley completed the double-double with 11 rebounds, while Haynes was 5-for-8 from beyond the 3-point arc.
    Henderson State shot 47 percent from the floor converting on 24-of-51 shots, while Arkansas Tech made 24-of-50 field goals for 48 percent shooting.
    The Reddies will next travel to Southwestern Oklahoma to take on the Bulldogs with tipoff in Weatherford, Okla. set for 7:30 p.m.

    Troy Mitchell: HSU Sports Information Director

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