ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (Henderson State) - Henderson State could not stop a hot shooting Arkansas Tech team as the Wonder Boys beat the Reddies 82-63, Saturday at the Duke Wells Center in Arkadelphia, Ark.
The Reddies, 6-8 overall and 2-4 in the GAC, shot just 39 percent from the field (21-for-54), while the Wonder Boys hit on 32-of-58 shots for 55 percent including 64.3 percent in the second half.
Arkansas Tech, 9-5 overall and 4-2 in the GAC, jumped out an early 13-4 lead just five minutes into the game.
Melvin Haynes, however, helped pull the Reddies to within three with 13:24 to play by sinking one of his 3-point field goals.
Another 3-pointer by Haynes at the 9:15 mark cut the deficit to 22-20, but the Wonder Boys responded with long-range jumpers of their own and were able to build a 36-31 lead at the break.
Henderson State took its only lead of the game with 16:08 left in the game with a Charles Wesley 3-pointer.
Arkansas Tech responded just seconds later as Bobby Hatchett burried a trifecta to reclaim the lead for the Wonder Boys.
Hatchett's shot sparked a 14-2 run that put the Wonder Boys ahead by double digits, and Tech extended the lead to as many as 21 points in the closing minute of play.
Deiorvay Johnson led the Reddies with 14 points, followed by 12 points by Taylor Smith and Wesley's 10 points.
Hatchett scored a game-high 17 points for Arkansas Tech while Bryson Fletcher points.
Arkansas Tech knocked down 14-of-29 3-point attempts while shooting 80 percent from the free-throw line, while the Reddies managed 9-of-20 from beyond the arc and 67 percent from the charity stripe.
Henderson State will next head to Oklahoma for a pair of games beginning Thursday against Southwestern Oklahoma in Weatherford, Okla. The Reddies will then travel to Alva to take on Northwestern Oklahoma on Saturday.