The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team took down number seven seeded Harding Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the Great American Conference Tournament, by a final score of 72-58.
The Weevils (22-5, 17-5 GAC) earned its first GAC Championship Tournament win behind strong all-around play throughout this entire match-up against the Bisons of Harding (14-13, 11-11 GAC). UAM held a 34-24 lead at the half after holding HU to only 13 percent shooting from behind the arc.
Arkansas-Monticello continued to keep the pressure on in the second half inside Bruin Fieldhouse, as UAM led by as much as 18 points in the second half, and never allowed Harding to comeback late in the period, holding a double-digit lead for nearly the entire 20:00 minute span.
UAM was led by junior Karim Mawuenyega offensively with 22 total points on 5-for-7 shooting from the floor. Mawuenyega also totaled six rebounds, two assists, and one steal in the game.
Cobe Goosby recorded his fourth double-double of the year after posting 11 points and tied the GAC Tournament Record with 17 rebounds in the contest. The record of 17 boards in a game was set by former Weevil Brandon Sims, back in 2013.
Derylton Hill also added a double-double, his sixth on the year, with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Vicktor Arnick contributed 10 points as well in the match-up, and added six rebounds.
Final team statistics in the contest for the Arkansas-Monticello included 44 percent shooting from the floor (26-for-59), 29 percent beyond the arc (4-for-14), and 67 percent on foul shots (16-for-24). HU finished the afternoon shooting 31 percent (21-for-67) overall, 14 percent on three-pointers (5-for-35), and 85 percent from the free throw line (11-for-13).
UAM will return to action in the GAC Championship Tournament in the semi-finals as the Weevils will face either Arkansas Tech or Southern Arkansas this Saturday, March 4 inside Bruin Fieldhouse with tip-off scheduled for 8:00 p.m.