• Oklahoma State gets first 11-win season

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Justin Blackmon caught two touchdown passes, showboating into the end zone to cap a 71-yard strike, and No. 16 Oklahoma State finished its first 11-win season with a 36-10 victory over Arizona in the Alamo Bowl on Wednesday night.
    Blackmon, the Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation’s top receiver, set an NCAA record with his 12th straight game with at least 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. The sophomore caught nine passes for 117 yards in perhaps his last college game.

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  • Fayetteville QB named to Super Team

    Brandon Allen surprised many when he led Fayetteville to the Class 7A state championship game.
    It’s probably no surprise that the Bulldogs’ quarterback was selected to The Associated Press Arkansas Super Team.
    The selection is the first to the 26-player team for Allen, who broke the state’s career passing record in the largest classification. He finished with 10,057 passing yards in three seasons as the Fayetteville starter, but it wasn’t until this season those numbers translated into consistent wins.

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  • UConn wins 90th straight in rout of Pacific

    STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Geno Auriemma hardly expected his top-ranked Connecticut team to come out dazzling while playing for the first time in a week.
    Good thing it was Pacific on the schedule. Things get much harder for the Huskies now.
    Maya Moore had 17 points and eight rebounds and UConn earned its 90th straight victory with an 85-42 win over Pacific on Tuesday night, a lopsided West Coast warmup ahead of the Huskies’ showdown with ninth-ranked Stanford on Thursday.

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  • Goblins double up Pioneers in Classic

    HARRISON — The Harrison Goblins were twice as good as the Batesville Pioneers in the semifinals of the Lendel Thomas Classic here Tuesday night.
    Harrison won the contest 62-31. The loss dropped Batesville to 2-6. The Pioneers are scheduled to square off against the Valley Springs Tigers tonight at 6:15 in the consolation game. Harrison will meet Huntsville tonight at 8:30.
    The Goblins led 39-19 at halftime and hit 10 3-pointers during the game. Meanwhile, Batesville managed just one of five from beyond the arc, 11 of 26 inside it and only five of 19 free throws.

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  • ASU blasts CBC 120-39

    JONESBORO (AP) — Kinley Ogbonnaya-Branch finished with a career-high 19 points and six other Arkansas State players scored in double figures as the Red Wolves posted the largest margin of victory in school history, 120-39 over Central Baptist on Tuesday night.
    Martavius Adams added 18 points, Brandon Peterson and Adam Sterrenberg each had 14, Edward Townsel finished with 13 and Trey Finn 11 for Arkansas State (5-8), which matched the school record for points in a game.

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  • Pioneers trim Tigers in Harrison tourney

    HARRISON — With three Pioneers scoring in double figures for the first time this season, Batesville collected a 52-47, high school basketball victory over the Brinkley Tigers in the opening round of the Lendel Thomas Classic here Monday.
    Senior Matthew Showalter led the winners with 18 points. Chris Elms and Tanner Ring contributed 14 and 10 points, respectively. Showalter and Ring also pulled down five rebounds apiece.

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  • Circulation area teams eliminated from NEA tourney

    JONESBORO — And then there were none.
    All three of the Guard circulation area teams that remained in the Northeast Arkansas Tournament were eliminated Monday, leaving a rare vacancy at Arkansas State’s Convocation Center.
    The Cave City Cavewomen’s run of NEA Tournament championships was halted with a 39-37, first-round loss to Westside Consolidated Monday afternoon. Cave City had won two straight Class 1A-2A-3A titles, but a move in classification forced the Cavewomen to play in the NEA’s upper division this year.

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  • Hillcrest runs away from Cedar Ridge at NEA tourney

    JONESBORO — The Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles defeated the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves 41-34 in the second round of the Northeast Arkansas Tournament at Arkansas State in Jonesboro Thursday.
    Hillcrest used an 8-0 surge in the final frame to sneak away with the win. It was the other bookend for the Lady Screamin’ Eagles 12-4 start to the game. Laken McCoy hit a 3-pointer to pull Cedar Ridge to within 12-7 at then end of the first quarter. Hillcrest led 21-17 at halftime.

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  • 24-7 surge lifts Southerners

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Southerners rallied from a 31-16 deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the Marianna Lee Trojans 40-38 here Tuesday night.
    Dalton Littleton capped the 24-7 run with a 2-pointer with 6.4 seconds remaining in the Class 4A-2 battle.
    After a timeout, Marianna was able to set up a final play, but the potential tying shot missed its mark.

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  • Scots harass Bears in exhibition game at Conway

    CONWAY — The Lyon Scots made the Central Arkansas Bears work before bowing out 81-67 in an exhibition basketball game in the Farris Center here Tuesday night.
    UCA’s Chris Henson drilled a 3-pointer to get the action started less than a minute in. The lead grew to 9-2 before the Scots went to work. Lyon rallied and took a 12-11 lead with 14:23 to play in the first half.
    During the 10-3 run, Tyler Sergent accounted for seven points. He started the surge with a 3 and finished it with a short jumper. Daniel Ritchie scored the other three points when his 3-pointer made it 11-10.

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  • Strong’s Cardinals beat Southern Mississippi

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Batesville native Charlie Strong is making good on his pledge to turn around the Louisville Cardinals.
    A lot sooner than some people expected, too.
    Justin Burke threw for two touchdowns and Jeremy Wright scored on a 95-yard kickoff return Tuesday night to help Louisville beat Southern Mississippi 31-28 in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl and finish its first winning record in four years.

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  • ‘Coach K’ ties Dean Smith

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski gave a quick wave to the Cameron Crazies and a few claps as he walked off the floor and headed to the locker room.
    The Hall of Fame coach treated it like any other Duke win at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The only notable difference? The message on the scoreboard above that read “Coach K On the Move” while noting his latest milestone victory.
    Kyle Singler scored 24 points to help No. 1 Duke beat Elon 98-72 on Monday night, moving Krzyzewski into a tie for second place with Dean Smith on the all-time wins list.

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