D'Audrio Patton

D’Audrio Patton

Junior D’Audrio Patton recorded a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team to a 92-66 win over Ecclesia College on Saturday at home in the final non-conference game of the season.

The 26 points is a new career high for Patton, who has reached double-digits in scoring in each of UAM’s last four games. It is also the first time the Ruston, La. native has reached double-digits in the rebound category this season.

Senior Brandon Wilson notched his second double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Sharif Hudson followed with 14 points, while sophomore Ryan Lensing came off the bench to score a new career-high 12 points on four first-half three-pointers.

UAM (11-3) outscored Ecclesia (3-12) 47-30 in the first half. The Weevils eclipsed the double-digit lead mark at the 14:09 mark and grew that lead to as much as 16 points at the 11:40 mark on a layup from Wilson.

The Royals chipped away and pulled their deficit back to single-digits with eight minutes remaining before UAM closed out the final four minutes of the opening half on an 11-6 run to grab its largest lead of 17 points at the break.

UAM maintained its high-teens lead for the first four minutes of the second half, but the Royals responded with a 12-4 run over a span of four minutes to trim UAM’s lead to single-digits for the first and only time of the final 20 minutes. The Royals got as close as eight points twice before UAM went on a 10-0 run to get on top by 23 points with 6:08 remaining in regulation.

The Weevils finished the game shooting 52 percent from the field (38-for-73), 31 percent on three-pointers (4-for-13) and 67 percent on foul shots (12-for-18). Ecclesia finished at 44 percent from the field (20-for-45), 38 percent on three-pointers (8-for-21) and 78 percent on foul shots (18-for-23).

Alex Pugh led the Royals with 18 points off the bench.

The Weevils are back to Great American Conference action next Thursday, January 16 on the road against Arkansas Tech. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.