Ray scores 38 points during 78-72 GAC loss

Carel Ray Jr. scored a GAC Era record 38 points with 29 coming in the second half, the second-most total points in Southern Arkansas' NCAA Era, but the Muleriders' second half surge, which followed an early 19-0 deficit from the tipoff, fell just short on Saturday afternoon from inside the Sawyer Center as Southern Nazarene topped SAU 78-72 in Great American Conference action. The loss drops the Muleriders into a three-way tie with East Central and Oklahoma Baptist for the eighth and final tournament spot with two games to play.

Ray's late-season scoring expo saw him hit 13-of-21 from the floor with three makes from deep and 9-of-10 from the stripe. He added ten rebounds, two assists and a steal in 40 minutes of action. Anthony Igiede followed with a dozen points and recorded seven rebounds.

The Muleriders turn their attention to a potential season-defining week of action to close out the regular season. SAU travels to Arkadelphia on Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. start against Ouachita. On Saturday, the Muleriders return home for Senior Day to take on Arkansas Tech at 3 p.m. in the regular season finale.

Lady Muleriders lost

to Southern Nazarene

The LadybMuleriders competed in their final regular season outing in the Sooner State as Southern Arkansas was unable to keep up with the No. 9/7 Southern Nazarene Crimson Storm in the Sawyer Center located in Bethany, Oklahoma. The Storm claimed their 25th victory of the 2023-24 campaign by a final score of 72-57, and continue to lead the league as they are now 19-1 in Great American Conference action.

SAU saw a pair of Lady Muleriders in Tequaza Chambers and Addy Tremie score double-digit figures as Chambers accounted for 17 and the senior Tremie recorded 11.

SAU stays on the road for one last time as they travel to Arkadelphia where they will face-off against the Ouachita Baptist Lady Tigers on Thursday.

SAU softball

sweeps ECU

The 21st-ranked Southern Arkansas Lady Muleriders secured their first Great American Conference series after sweeping the East Central Lady Tigers.

Southern Arkansas was able to keep the Lady Tigers scoreless through 19 innings before ECU earned their first runs in the sixth inning of the final game of the series. SAU defeated East Central 3-0 twice and 9-4 in game three.

The Lady Muleriders are now 12-4 overall and 3-0 in the GAC. They will return to Dawson Field for their second league series of the season with Harding coming into town Friday and Saturday.

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