JONESBORO — If the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves add another tournament title to their unbeaten run, they’ll also bag a state champion.
Wednesday night, the T-wolves scored the first 12 points en route to a 56-35 decision over the Izard County Cougars in a semifinal of the NEA Tournament at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center.
In the nightcap, the Bay Yellowjackets routed the Marked Tree Indians 85-70.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ Rickey Scott might want to consider talking with his uncle, D.C., the night before every game.
Scott flourished for the second straight game on Wednesday night, setting another career high with 23 points in an 80-67 win over Charlotte (N.C.). The sophomore had a previous career-best 18 points in the Razorbacks’ last game against Louisiana Tech, breaking out of a recent shooting slump following a talk with his uncle in Georgia.
HARRISON — The Huntsville Eagles defeated the Batesville Pioneers 43-37 in a losers’ bracket semifinal of the Lendel Thomas Classic here Wednesday afternoon.
The Eagles led 21-13 at halftime. Blake Evans led the winners with 14 points.
For the 2-8 Pioneers, senior guard Tanner Ring recorded 11 points, nine blocked shots and six rebounds, and Jonathan Hendrix added 10 points.
The Pioneers hit 10 of 25 shots from the field (four of 11 3-pointers), four of 11 free throws and committed 11 turnovers.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Despite strong performances from LaQuentin Miles, Mark Rutledge and Jarvis Garner, Central Arkansas wasn’t able to stay with No. 19 UNLV on Wednesday night.
“I like the way we competed tonight after our big loss to Iowa,” Central Arkansas Coach Corliss Williamson said of the 124-75 loss to the Rebels. “Tonight we were up against a great team. LaQuentin Miles and Mark Rutledge played well, and Jarvis Garner did a great job for us.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — To Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns, the difference between finishing 8-5 and 7-6 is immense.
David Ash added his name to the list of quarterbacks who’ve caught a touchdown pass in the Holiday Bowl and also threw for a score to lead Texas to a 21-10 victory over California on Wednesday night.
Ash caught a 4-yard pass from wide receiver Jaxon Shipley in the second quarter to join BYU’s Steve Young, Texas A&M’s Bucky Richardson and Oregon’s Harrington as quarterbacks who’ve caught touchdown passes in the Holiday Bowl.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — There’s no question that Texas A&M is on Arkansas’ 2012 football schedule but where the game will be played remained an open question on Wednesday.
The Aggies, who with Missouri will be in the Southeastern Conference next season, have Arkansas as a home opponent. Arkansas and Texas A&M have played the last three seasons at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Air Force is a go-for-it kind of team. So is Toledo.
So when Air Force pulled within a point on a touchdown with 52 seconds to play in the Military Bowl, Toledo knew to expect that the Falcons might attempt a 2-point conversion, trying to win then and there instead of settling for overtime.
The Rockets were ready. Air Force lined up as if to kick, but holder David Baska took off and got bottled up trying to run the option. The ball squirted toward kicker Parker Herrington, who chased it until it went out of bounds in the end zone.
JONESBORO — Two of the winningest Guard-circulation area basketball teams will collide here this afternoon in the NEA Tournament semifinals.
That was set up Tuesday when the unbeaten Cedar Ridge Timberwolves held off the Ridgefield Christian Warriors 55-42 and the Izard County Cougars downed the Rector Cougars 56-46.
The T-wolves improved to 17-0 as Jordan Pelley scored 15 points and Cole Crabtree added 10. No other Cedar Ridge details were available by press time.
Jacob Reeves scored 17 points in a losing cause.
FAYETTEVILLE — At last, Rickey Scott removed the Pinocchio noses from his old coach and his new one.
John Pelphrey, the former Arkansas coach who recruited him from McArthur High in Irving, Texas and for whom Scott played last season, continually commented on Scott’s athleticism.
Mike Anderson, Arkansas’ coach since replacing Pelphrey, even soared higher about the 6-3 now sophomore guard.
The best athlete on the team, Anderson said.
HARRISON — The Earle Bulldogs broke away from the Batesville Pioneers in the first half and cruised in with a 65-43 high school basketball victory here Tuesday afternoon in the Lendel Thomas Classic.
“They came out and hit a couple of 3s early. Still, we executed and played pretty well for the first five minutes,” Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said. “They made a run when we committed a couple of turnovers and we never recovered. We just didn’t handle the basketball very well.”
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Moments after Louisville’s comeback bid fell short in a 31-24 loss to North Carolina State in the Belk Bowl, Coach Charlie Strong was anxiously looking forward to next season instead of dwelling on the defeat.
Who can blame him?
The Cardinals finished 7-6 this season despite starting 10 freshmen, including promising young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. So their future seems promising following a season in which they finished tied for first place in the Big East and qualified for a bowl.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The LSU-Shreveport bass fishing team, headed by veteran Joe Landry, will test SEC teams from LSU and Arkansas in February during the 2012 College Classic as part of the Bassmaster Classic in Shreveport and Bossier City.
Six-person teams from each school will fish on Cross Lake on Feb. 26 and will weigh their catch at the CenturyLink Center prior to the final weigh-in of the Classic. LSU is the defending college champion, defeating a team from Alabama last year during the New Orleans Classic.