Late bucket by Weevils beats Muleriders; Harding visits W.T. Watson Center today

A Zane Nelson three-point attempt from the top of the key with less than two minutes to play did not beat the shot clock following video review. Nelson's trifecta attempts from the same spot with three seconds to play found nylon and gave Arkansas-Monticello a 67-65 lead, a score that would hold after a last second drive by Southern Arkansas hit iron Thursday night in Great American Conference action.

Nelson finished with 27 and Isaac Jackson added 25. CJ Ray Jr. went for a game-high 28 points for the Muleriders, Anthony Igiede followed with 17 and Nevi Tell adding 11. Igiede delivered nine rebounds and Ray followed with six. Gregory Hammond Jr. added four assists and two blocks.

With Southern Arkansas leading by seven points and the clock winding, the Weevils refused to go away as three-point makes on consecutive UAM possessions sandwiched a smooth jumper by Ray as the Muleriders carried a 64-61 edge into the under-4 media timeout with 3:38 remaining in the game. UAM would close the contest on a 6-1 run with Nelson accounting for five as the Muleriders missed two three-point attempts and four free throws down the stretch.

The loss moves the Muleriders into a tie for eighth place with Oklahoma Baptist at 7-10. UAM moves into a four-way tie for fourth place.

The Muleriders will look to avenge an early season defeat to Harding as they play host to the Bisons at 5 p.m. today inside the W.T. Watson Center.

Lady Muleriders 76,

Cotton Blossoms 72

Junior Qua Chambers delivered 21 points, Southern Arkansas engineered a game-shifting rally in the second quarter and used several big buckets down the stretch to outlast a spirited Arkansas-Monticello squad for a 76-72 Great American Conference win. The victory moves SAU to 7-10 in league play and into a three-way tie for sixth. UAM drops to 3-14 in conference action and into a tie for 11th place.

Chambers' scoring output came behind an efficient 10-for-13 shooting effort and included a pair of big buckets late in the contest as a drive inside resulted in a go-ahead basket for a 73-72 lead just a handful of seconds after UAM's Bailey Harris delivered a lead-changing layup as part of a 19-point performance. Moments later, Chambers scored inside with SAU leading by just one to create the tiniest of distance that grew to two possessions with a free throw by Zykeria Anderson with less than ten seconds remaining.

SAU faces No. 4 Harding on today at 3 p.m.

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