The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team defeated Great American Conference foe Northwestern Oklahoma State Thursday night at home by a final score of 87-77.

Arkansas-Monticello (16-2, 12-2 GAC) surged ahead of Northwestern Oklahoma State (8-11, 4-10 GAC) early on in this contest with a 7-2 run to begin the game. This match-up saw only one tie early in the first half which lasted less than a minute as once the Weevils reclaimed the lead, they would never surrender it for the remainder of regulation, despite a comeback from the Rangers. UAM staved off the NWOSU run late in the game to secure the victory at 87-77.

UAM was guided offensively by junior Tyrin Jones who totaled a career-high as Weevil with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor. Jones added three rebounds, three assists, and one steal to his overall stat-line as well.

Multiple Weevils found themselves in double-digit scoring as Karim Mawuenyega (17), Cobe Goosby (16), Vicktor Arnick (10), and Stephon Gordon (10) powered the UAM offense to victory. Derylton Hill and Stephen Glassco Jr. each provided leadership defensively as each led Arkansas-Monticello in rebounds with seven each.

Final team stats on the night for UAM included 60 percent shooting from the field (28-for-47), 50 percent on tree’s (8-for-16), and 77 percent on foul shots (23-for-30). The Rangers finished the game shooting 49 percent (30-for-61) from the field, 20 percent from beyond the arc (2-for-10), and 71 percent from the charity stripe (15-for-21).

The Weevils will be back in action next on Saturday, February 4 as UAM will host the Bulldogs of Southwestern Oklahoma State in a GAC match-up scheduled for 3 p.m.