The last non-conference basketball game of the season went great for one Lyon College team, and not so great for another.
Hitting 66 percent of their shots from the field, the Scot women jumped to a big early lead and won 99-57 over the Philander Smith Lady Panthers in Becknell Gymnasium Monday night.
In the nightcap, the visitors from Little Rock had the hot hand and won 96-71.
WYNNE — Batesville’s juniors bounced back from a rough outing on the road last week and won at Wynne in 5A-East District basketball games here Monday.
The Junior Lady Pioneers won 34-15. They led 8-2, 16-4 and 32-10 at the quarter breaks.
“We had nine players score and our defense was better than it has been in a while,” Coach Tim Palmer said. “Kate Sanders has played well in the post for us the last two games.”
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The son of University of Arkansas men’s basketball Coach Mike Anderson has been arrested again on suspicion of drunken driving.
Michael Anderson, 26, is a video coordinator for the Razorbacks. He was pulled over by Fayetteville police at 3:43 a.m. Sunday, hours after Arkansas’ win over Mississippi State.
A police report says Anderson’s blood-alcohol level was 0.10, above the 0.08 limit for driving. Police say he was randomly braking and had “horrible” balance during a test.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Michael Dyer is following Gus Malzahn back home, joining his former offensive coordinator at Arkansas State.
A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Monday night that the former Auburn tailback is transferring to Arkansas State to become a member of the Red Wolves.
The person confirmed the move on condition of anonymity because Arkansas State has not announced it
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas Razorback B.J. Young has been named Southeastern Conference freshman player of the week for a 2-game stretch in which he averaged 20.5 points.
The league announced the award on Monday, taking note of Young’s 24-point performance in Saturday’s victory over Mississippi State. He made 10 of 13 attempts and had three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Young’s 24-point night was third-highest in school history for a freshman playing in his first SEC game.
On the season, Young is averaging 14.8 points per game.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Alabama split the games and swept the titles.
The Crimson Tide was voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll for the eighth time, tying Notre Dame for the most of any team in college football, after winning a rematch with LSU in the BCS championship on Monday night.
Alabama’s 21-0 victory easily offset the Tigers’ 9-6 win on Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and gave it the top spot in the AP ranking to go along with the No. 1 ranking in the USA Today coaches’ poll.
NEW ORLEANS — As required, Alabama’s players whooped it up amid the confetti and fireworks, yet there was something muted about this championship celebration.
Turns out, these guys knew the ending to the sequel before they even got to the Big Easy.
For two months, the Crimson Tide stewed over its first meeting with top-ranked LSU. By the time the team touched down in New Orleans, there was little doubt in anyone’s mind about the outcome. Not just win, but dominate.
Boy, did they ever.
MAYFIELD, Ky. — The Lyon College women found their rhythm and range here Saturday while remaining unbeaten in TranSouth Athletic Conference basketball play.
The Scots hit 59 percent of their shots from the field (26 of 44), including 46 percent from 3-point range (six of 13), while downing the Mid-Continent Lady Cougars 80-65.
NEWARK — The unbeaten Cedar Ridge Timberwolves hit the 20-win mark with a 68-43, home victory over the Bradford Eagles in 2A-2 District play here Friday.
Clayton Butler scored 22 points, Andy Crawford added 11 points and seven steals, and Spencer Reaves chipped in 10 points as the T-wolves moved to 4-0 in district play.
Bradford’s Josh Steele scored 17 points in a losing cause.
The Lady T-wolves improved to 2-2 in the district and 7-5 overall with a 35-31 victory. Haley Hix led the winners with 14 points.
Kelly Burrus scored 11 points for Bradford.
Philander Smith Lady Panthers (1-11) vs. Lyon College Scots (12-3), Becknell Gym, 6 p.m.
When these two met in Little Rock back in November, the Scots outrebounded the Lady Panthers 49-27 and outscored them 62-31. Rebounding will be key again, Scot Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said. “Philander Smith has good offensive rebounders, so we’ve got to block out strong. The other thing is defending against dribble penetration.”
Other than one series, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein displayed grit and not much else in the Cotton Bowl against Arkansas.
It wasn’t his fault. Mostly it was the doings of the Razorback defense.
Aided and abetted by Wildcat receivers dropping four passes, the Razorback defense excelled during a 29-16 Cotton Bowl triumph Friday night before 80,596 in the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium in Arlington, Texas.
“I think the difference in the game was how we played defense and the field position we were able to give our offense,” Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino said.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Mississippi State’s recent struggles continued in a Southeastern Conference-opening 98-88 loss at Arkansas on Saturday night.
The Bulldogs (13-3, 0-1 SEC) fell behind by as many as 20 points to the Razorbacks in the second half on the way to their second loss in three games. In their only win during that stretch, they had to overcome a 9-point deficit to earn a 66-64 home win over Utah State on Dec. 31.