Weevils beat Tigers to take first place

Brandon Hawkins
Sports Editor

   Going into their Jan. 29 game, the University of Arkansas-Monticello (14-3, 6-1 GSC) and OBU (13-5, 5-2 GSC) both were at the top of the Gulf South Conference's West division.

   With a win, UAM could put a small but very useful cushion between themselves and OBU, who looked to stay with UAM in the conference.

   Much like the Blossoms, the Weevils came out firing. Led by Johnathan Holland with 10 points, they shot 9 of 21 from the field and were 10 of 14 from the free throw line. OBU came out shooting 4 of 9 from the three-point line and forced 10 UAM turnovers to keep the UAM lead at 10 at the half with a score of 29-19.

   In the second half, though, OBU picked it up and kept it close for the first part. Then Billy McDaniel, who finished the game with 17 points and 6 of 14 from the floor, hit a three-point basket to put UAM up by 11 with 15:40 left to go in the game and never looked back.

   UAM went on to win the game by a final score of 77-64, improving their record to 15-3 with a GSC record of 6-2. UAM made 14 of 28 shots from the field. This win gave UAM sole possession of first place in the West division.

   Both the Blossoms and the Weevils would look to improve on their records in the Feb. 1 match-ups against Arkansas Tech.

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