FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas had something to prove, and it wasn’t quite ready to give up that national ranking.
The No. 25 Razorbacks, following their first loss of the season at Florida, rebounded behind 19 points from C’eira Ricketts for a 78-67 win over No. 10 Kentucky on Thursday night.
Arkansas (13-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) evened its conference record, a far cry from last season when it opened SEC play with six straight losses. The Razorbacks started league play 0-4 the year before that.
SWIFTON — Dalton Littleton hit a last-second jump shot in the lane here Thursday night to give the Southside Southerners a 46-44 victory over the Hoxie Mustangs in the last quarterfinal game of the George Kell Classic.
Earlier, the Lady Southerners won their quarterfinal with the Weiner Lady Cardinals 42-30.
The Southerners improved to 11-4 and will face the Izard County Cougars in tonight’s last semifinal. Tipoff is set for 8. The 10-4 Lady Southerners are scheduled to take on the Westside Consolidated Lady Warriors at 6:40 tonight.
The visitors from Jonesboro kept Batesville’s junior high basketball teams winless in the 5A-East District.
Nettleton swept Batesville in games at Pioneer Gym on Thursday. Nettleton’s Junior Lady Raiders won 44-27 and the Junior Raiders won 46-27.
“We played pretty well in the first half, but we really struggled stopping dribble penetration during the third quarter,” Junior Pioneer Coach Kelly Rush said. “We had to help off and their big kid inside, Ronnie Young, got a lot of easy baskets and offensive boards when we did. That just killed us in that quarter.”
Lyon College, a member of the TranSouth Athletic Conference, was listed as one of the honorees for the annual National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 2009-10 Champions of Character Five Star Award.
The honor is awarded to NAIA institutions which score 60 or more points on a “scorecard.” Points are awarded for character training, conduct of competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Other criteria used are student-athlete grade-point averages and no ejections during competition.
Lyon finished with 64 points.
LEBANON, Tenn. — The Lyon Scots put the Cumberland Bulldogs’ home winning streak in check here Thursday night, but the home team escaped with an 80-73 victory.
Cumberland is unbeaten in all four of its home games this season. The Bulldogs have defeated the Scots in seven straight contests and have not lost to Lyon (6-6, 0-1) at home since 2003.
Thursday’s game was the TranSouth Athletic Conference opener for each team.
LEBANON, Tenn. — K.K. Hodges earned her fourth double-double of the season as she led the Lyon Scots to a 63-44 win over the Cumberland Lady Bulldogs in a TranSouth Athletic Conference opener her Thursday night.
Hodges finished with a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds. The senior is eight rebounds away from being Lyon’s all-time leader. Grace Catt-McDowell, who played from 1987-91, is the current leader with 824.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Demetrius Conger chalked up 21 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday as St. Bonaventure defeated the University of Arkansas-Little Rock for the second time this season, 68-55.
Ogo Adegboye added 17 points and nine assists for the Bonnies (8-5), who beat the Trojans 77-64 on Nov. 14. Da’Quan Cook and Andrew Nicholson scored 11 points each for St. Bonaventure.
Daylon Guy totaled 14 points and five assists for Little Rock (8-9), which has lost three straight games and six of its last eight. Solomon Bozeman added 13 points and Courtney Jackson had 10.
OSU 11:41 Dane Sanzenbacher fumble recovery in end zone. Devin Barclay kick (Ohio State 7, Arkansas 0)
UA 9:43 Joe Adams 17-yard pass from Ryan Mallett. Zach Hocker kick (Ohio State 7, Arkansas 7)
OSU 2:26 Dan Herron 9-yard run. Barclay kick (Ohio State 14, Arkansas 7)
OSU 9:53 Sanzenbacher 15-yard pass from Terrelle Pryor. Barclay kick (Ohio State 21, Arkansas 7)
OSU 1:59 DeVier Posey 43-yard pass from Pryor. Barclay kick (Ohio State 28, Arkansas 7)
More mediocre teams than ever filling out too many bowl games for more than three weeks has turned college football’s postseason into a blur for just about everyone but family, friends, alumni and NFL scouts.
Take the Sugar Bowl. The hype surrounding the matchup of Ohio State and Arkansas suggested you tune in to find out if the Big 10’s best could snap an 0-for-9 skid against Southeastern Conference rivals dating to the days when the legendary Woody Hayes was still roaming the sideline.
NEW ORLEANS — Terrelle Pryor hobbled to the podium with the help of two teammates, picked up his second straight bowl MVP award, and used his time on the microphone to address the Ohio State faithful.
“I apologize and I’m sorry,” he screamed toward the scarlet-clad side of the Superdome. “Go Bucks!”
No worries. All is forgiven, especially if Pryor follows through on his vow to return next season.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside lost a pair of basketball heartbreakers at home Tuesday night when the Heber Springs Panthers snuck away with a 44-40 victory and the Lady Panthers held on for a 41-39 win in Class 4A-2 District meetings.
Each team was 3-0 in the conference entering the game.
Levi Henderson hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds to play to pull the Southerners within one, but Heber Springs’ Michael May sank a pair of free throws, Southside missed a chance to tie and then Austin Brown set the final with a free throw.
2010 Rose Bowl Ohio State 26, Oregon 17
2009 Fiesta Bowl Texas 24, Ohio State 21
2008 BCS National Championship LSU 38, Ohio State 24
2007 BCS National Championship Florida 41, Ohio State 14
2006 Fiesta Bowl Ohio State 34, Notre Dame 20
2004 Alamo Bowl Ohio State 33, Oklahoma State 7
2004 Fiesta Bowl Ohio State 35, Kansas State 28
2003 Fiesta Bowl Ohio State 31, Miami 24, 2OT
2002 Outback Bowl South Carolina 31, Ohio State 28
2001 Outback Bowl South Carolina 24, Ohio State 7