POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — The Lyon College Pipers put it out of reach early and cruised to a 76-53 nonconference win over the No. 9 (NAIA Division II) College of the Ozarks Lady Cougars here Tuesday night.
Lyon used a 15-0 run to take a 31-11 lead with eight and a half minutes left in the first half. Ozarks made a surge to cut it to 41-30 at the half.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The TranSouth Athletic Conference has selected Lyon College’s Andy Lee and Cumberland University’s Brandon Springer as the Mens Basketball Co-Players of the Week for the week ending Dec. 6, according to a news release from Lyon.
Lee, a 6-foot-3 junior guard from Hot Springs, averaged 25 points and 5.5 rebounds on the week. The all-conference performer shot 61 percent (17-28) from the field and 61 percent (11-18) from 3-point range. Against Williams Baptist, he hit seven of 12 3-pointers and tallied 28 points. He added 22 points against No. 19 Columbia College.
The Southside Lady Southerners took their first step in an effort to return to the Lyon College Invitational Tournament finals.
Sophomore Jordan Hicks hit two free throws with 14.6 seconds to play to give Southside a 33-30 lead and the Melbourne Lady Bobcats turned the ball over before they could get a shot at a tying score here Monday night.
The Lady Southerners improved to 3-5 as Haley Mourer and Jessica Robertson scored seven points apiece. The best the 8-5 Lady Bearkatz could do was six points each from Maggie Jo Cooper, Kaylee Ables and Amanda Treat.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — John Pelphrey got the best of former college teammate Sean Woods on Saturday. In doing so, Pelphrey’s Arkansas Razorbacks also snapped a 4-game losing streak.
Using a balanced attack with 11 players finishing in the scoring column, Arkansas defeated Mississippi Valley State 91-54. The game matched two former University of Kentucky teammates against each other as coaches, as Pelphrey and Woods played on the Wildcats’ team of the early 1990s dubbed “The Unforgettables.”
The Batesville Lady Pioneers didn’t play who they were expecting to play here Saturday at noon in the Searcy Bank Classic, but they did get a win.
The Lady Pioneers routed the J.A. Fair Lady War Eagles 64-24 in the consolation final.
They were scheduled to play the Pine Bluff Lady Zebras, who defeated J.A. Fair on Friday, but because the Zebras were playing in the Class 6A football championship game at the same time Saturday in War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Pine Bluff was allowed to play in the afternoon consolation game.
LITTLE ROCK — Key free throws in the last four minutes helped the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans escape an embarrassing loss to the Lyon Scots in an exhibition contest here Sunday afternoon.
UALR led by 26, but that advantage was cut to nine three times in the closing stages.
UALR Coach Steve Sheilds cleared his bench midway through the second half, but put the starters back in with 4:52 to play after a 12-0 run by the Scots.
LITTLE ROCK — The Lyon College Pipers picked up their third consecutive victory with a 74-72 decision over Philander Smith College in a nonconference contest here Saturday.
The Pipers’ last 8-1 start was during the 2007-08 season. They had lost their last two to PSC.
With 10 seconds to play, the Lady Panthers had a chance to tie or win, but failed to convert.
K.K. Hodges and Ashley Waller earned 15 points apiece. Teammates Stephanie Glover and Jordin Coleman chipped in 11 each.
The Pipers were sparked by a 28-of-36 performance from the charity stripe in the game.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Arkansas and East Carolina are set to meet in the Liberty Bowl on Jan. 2, a game Razorbacks Coach Bobby Petrino knows well.
Bowl officials on Sunday confirmed that Arkansas will be the Southeastern Conference team playing 2-time Conference USA champ East Carolina.
It is a return to the postseason for the Razorbacks (7-5), who lost to Missouri in the Cotton Bowl in January 2008 and missed out on a bowl in Petrino’s first season when they went 5-7.
BRADFORD — The Concord Pirates improved to 16-1 and collected the White County Invitational Tournament championship here Saturday with a 52-50, come-from-behind win over the Midland Mustangs.
Midland led 41-36 after three quarters of play and led by as many as eight points in the fourth quarter.
Aaron Hegarty led the Pirates with 16 points. Junior Logan King hit two big 3-pointers to help the Pirates rally in the fourth.
Midland fell to 12-6 as Jarod Perry scored 19 points and Derek Tharp added 14.
Batesville High basketball teams won and lost in tournaments on the road Thursday.
In the Searcy Bank Classic, the Lady Pioneers defeated the Beebe Lady Badgers 52-28 in a losers bracket semifinal.
In the Harps Top Class Tournament in Yellville, the Guy-Perkins Thunderbirds out scored the Pioneers in the second half for a 60-53 victory.
In Searcy, the Lady Pioneers won with defense.
The Lyon College Scots overcame a 15-point deficit to defeat the Williams Baptist College Eagles 84-77 Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
The win avenges a 76-65 setback the Scots endured in Walnut Ridge on Nov. 12 and it also snaps a 4-game losing streak.
Andy Lee hit a 3-pointer at the midpoint of the first half to cut the Eagles’ lead to 22-20. A 15-2 run over the next four minutes gave Williams Baptist its largest lead (37-22) and it led 45-37 at the break.
K.K. Hodges collected her fourth double-double of the season and 17th of her career as she led the Lyon Pipers to a 75-64 win over the Williams Baptist Lady Eagles Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
The Pipers appeared to have the game in hand late, but a barrage of 3-pointers against Lyon’s reserves forced Piper Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange to put the starters back in. They played for one possession and helped put the game out of reach.