Three circulation-area teams were among the winners in Lyon College Tournament first-round games Monday night at Becknell Gymnasium, and one of them included an unbeaten squad that had to rally from a slow start.
The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves fell behind 8-0 and didn’t get a lead until late in the second quarter but dominated in the second half for an 80-65 victory over the West Side Greers Ferry Eagles.
Clayton Butler, a returning all-state player, led the 11-0 T-wolves with 26 points. Spencer Reaves added 25 points, Luke Henderson chipped in 15 and Cole Crabtree added 11.
ATLANTA (AP) — LSU and Alabama are the nation’s highest-ranked teams.
Only appropriate they would have the two best players in the Southeastern Conference.
Alabama running back Trent Richardson was a unanimous choice for offensive player of the year, while LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu took the honor as top defensive player on The Associated Press All-SEC team released Monday.
Later in the day, both were named Heisman Trophy finalists.
NEWPORT — Batesville and Newport split varsity junior high basketball games here Monday night.
The Junior Lady Pioneers won 39-36 after trailing most of the game.
“They could have given up, but they kept fighting,” Batesville Coach Tim Palmer said.
Sarah Hayes led Batesville with seven points.
“We had seven score, and when we do that we win,” Palmer said.
The Junior Lady Pioneers improved to 3-4.
The Greypups held off the Junior Pioneers for a 29-27 victory. The home team led 6-4, 15-13 and 24-19 at the quarter breaks.
JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State University Athletic Director Dean Lee says he won’t rush the search for the coach to replace Hugh Freeze, who was hired by Mississippi on Monday after spending one season as coach of the Red Wolves.
“We’re going to move quickly, but we’re not going to get in a hurry,” Lee said.
Arkansas State (10-2) won the Sun Belt Conference and will play Northern Illinois in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Jan. 8. It’s the first 10-win season for the school since 1986, when it was a member of the I-AA Southland Conference.
JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State University’s Hugh Freeze has agreed to take the head coaching job at Mississippi, according to a person familiar to the coaching search.
A formal announcement is expected today, the source told The Associated Press Sunday night on condition of anonymity because the school has not announced the hire.
The 42-year-old Freeze led Arkansas State to the 2011 Sun Belt Conference championship and a 10-2 record in his first season as a coach at the Football Bowl Subdivision level.
NEWPORT — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves improved to 10-0 and won the Medallion Classic championship here Saturday with a 62-57 win over their hosts, the Newport Greyhounds.
Spencer Reaves scored 24 points for the winners. Luke Henderson added 22 points. Reaves and Henderson were named to the all-tournament team.
In the girls final, the Rivercrest Lady Colts edged the Midland Lady Mustangs 68-64.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Freshmen B.J. Young and Devonta Abron played their first game out of the state of Arkansas on Saturday and left with a lot of confidence, despite a 13-point loss.
Young scored a season-high 28 points and Abron added eight points and 16 rebounds in a 75-62 loss at No. 8 Connecticut (7-1).
Arkansas (5-2) won the rebounding battle, 47-35.
“My young pups, they battled them and battled them pretty hard,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. “But in the end, you have to put the ball in the hole.”
LITTLE ROCK — The Lyon College Scots shot well enough and got enough key stops to post a 92-83 victory over the Philander Smith Panthers here Friday night.
The Scots shot 57.6 percent from the field. Slater Belew scored 18 points for the Scots while hitting nine of 10 shots from the field. He also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
SEARCY — The Batesville Lady Pioneers broke through for a win here Saturday morning in the Searcy Bank Classic and it came against a 5A-East District foe.
The Lady Pioneers collected their first win in six tries, defeating the Wynne Lady Yellowjackets 55-24 as Hailey Hastings recorded a double-double. The 5-foot-8 junior post player scored 25 points and snared 11 rebounds.
LITTLE ROCK — The Greenwood Bulldogs turned a close game into a rout in quick fashion in War Memorial Stadium Saturday night.
The Bulldogs led 14-11 at the end of the first quarter. Six and a half minutes later, they led 35-11, and rolled on to a 53-11 victory over the Batesville Pioneers in the Class 5A State Playoffs high school football championship game.
“We played well for a quarter, then went to a bad place,” Batesville Coach Dave King said.
NEWPORT — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves remained unbeaten and knocked off the Class 5A Nettleton Raiders here Thursday night, winning 53-48 in the semifinals of the Medallion Classic.
Cedar Ridge is a Class 2A school.
Spencer Reaves scored 17 points to lead the 8-0 T-wolves. Cole Crabtree added 12 points.
“Jordan Steele got injured in the first quarter and Andy Crawford, Jordan Pelley and Justin Lovell stepped up big in his absence,” Cedar Ridge Coach Isaac Middlebrooks said.
Cedar Ridge is scheduled to play Newport at 6:30 Satruday night in the title game.