Men Beaten by UAM, 86-82
January 19, 2012
Southwestern Oklahoma State University falls to 9-5 overall and 1-4 in Great American Conference play after losing on the road Thursday to the University of Arkansas-Monticello.
MONTICELLO, Ark. – Southwestern Oklahoma State University wiped away a double-digit deficit in short order only to see Arkansas Monticello make the important plays late to emerge with a 86-82 victory Thursday in Monticello, Ark.
The loss dropped SWOSU’s overall record to 9-5 and dipped its league mark to 1-4. Arkansas-Monticello improved to 13-3 overall and 3-1 in league play.
SWOSU forged an 82-82 tie when Chase Elliott hit one-of-two free throws with 45 seconds to play. UAM answered with L.A. Farmer connecting on a pair of free throws to put the Boll Weevils up 84-82 with 19 seconds to play.
SWOSU had one final chance to tie but Elliott’s layup spun out with just six seconds to play. UAM rebounded was fouled and made two free throws in the final seconds.
The Bulldogs climbed back in the game early in the second half after Farmer put them down 14 points when he sunk a three-pointer to put AUM up 56-42 with 17:05 to. Farmer, the GAC’s leading scorer, led all players in the game with 33 points.
SWOSU chipped away at UAM using a three-point basket by Marin Zelalija, two-point scores by Ryan Donahoe, Filip Toric and Thomas Davis to begin the charge. Zack Howe tied the game at 64-64 when he swished a three-pointer with 8:20 to play.
SWOSU’s only lead came when Elliott gave the Bulldogs a 77-76 advantage with a layup at the 2:33 mark.
Davis led SWOSU in scoring with 20 points. He was joined in twin figures by Dominick Cornelius with 13 points while Zelalija and Donahoe each had 12 and Elliott 11.
The Bulldogs will remain on the road where they will face Southern Arkansas Saturday afternoon in Magnolia, Ark. SWOSU will then return home Monday to face in state rival East Central in a men and women’s doubleheader scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in Weatherford.