D'Audrio Patton

D’Audrio Patton

The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team returned from the Thanksgiving holiday with a 63-53 win over No. 21 Delta State at home on Saturday.

All but one UAM player that saw action during the game scored at least one point and all but two had at least one rebound in the win. The Weevils (2-2) stayed right at 48 percent shooting for the entire game and ended the contest 26-for-54 from the field, 5-for-11 on three-pointers and 6-for-12 on foul shots.

The Statesmen (2-3) finished at 42 percent from the field (21-for-50), 46 percent on three-pointers (6-for-13) and 71 percent on foul shots (5-for-7). UAM held the final edge in rebounding 34-27, including an 11-7 advantage on the offensive glass.

The Weevils led for nearly 31 minutes of the game, including their biggest lead of the first half at six points, and the biggest lead of the game at 13 points in the final minute of the second half.

UAM pulled away in the final nine minutes of the game. After Delta’s PH Davis made a jumper to cut UAM’s lead on one-point with 9:01 on the clock, the Weevils posted a 10-0 run over the next four minutes to take their first double-digit lead of the game with 5:50 remaining.

The Statesmen cut it back to seven with 2:33 remaining, but a three-pointer from senior Sharif Hudson on the other end kept the Weevils on top by a comfortable margin.

Hudson led all scorers in the win with 20 points on an 8-for-11 shooting performance. Senior D’Audrio Patton followed with 13 points and six rebounds in just 20 minutes due to foul trouble. Junior Korbin McClain and senior Cameron Blue each added six points in the win. Blue led UAM in rebounding with eight and also chipped in with a game-high four blocked shots.

Alister Chisholm led the Statesmen with 12 points, followed by Jack Madgen and LaQuavius Cotton with 10 points each.

The Weevils are back in action on Thursday for a Great American Conference game at Henderson State. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Arkadelphia.