The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team forced 20 turnovers, blocked five shots and limited Maryville to just six made field goals in the second half to defeat the Saints 77-62 at home on Tuesday night.
The game went back-and-forth in the first 10 minutes of the game with neither team holding more than a four-point lead until the Saints (3-2) used three straight three-pointers to take a nine-point lead at 26-17 at the 7:48 mark of the first half. That was Maryville’s largest lead of the game.
Two minutes later, UAM posted a 7-0 run capped by an alley-oop dunk from senior Jared Harrison to senior Dayton Mickens to take a regain the lead at 31-29 with 4:29 remaining in the first half. The Weevils grabbed a four-point lead on a basket and a free throw from Harrison with 1:53 remaining. After a trey from Maryville’s Armon Provo on the other end, UAM finalized the scoring on a layup and a free throw by senior Brandon Wilson to give UAM a 40-36 lead at the break.
UAM outscored Maryville 13-4 in the first five minutes of the second half to grow its lead to 11 points with 14:55 remaining. UAM’s lead never fell below seven points throughout the rest of the contest.
The Weevils finished the game shooting 57 percent from the field (26-for-46), 27 percent on three-pointers (3-for-11) and 79 percent from the foul line (22-for-28). Maryville shot 44 percent from the field (20-for-45), 22 percent on three-pointers (5-for-23) and 71 percent on foul shots (17-for-24). The Weevils controlled the rebounding category 32-24.
Wilson led all scorers with 20 points, while tying Mickens for the game-high in nine rebounds. Harrison trailed closely with a season-high 19 points. Mickens added 11 points.
Jamel Johnson led Maryville with 14 points. Trae Pemberton added 13.
The Weevils return to Great American Conference play on Thursday, December 5 on the road against Henderson State. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Duke Wells Center in Arkadelphia, Ark.