JONESBORO (AP) — Carl Richard scored 17 points and Harry Marshall added 12 as Indiana State defeated Arkansas State 77-72 Sunday.
Brant Leitnaker and Jake Kelly each added 11 points for the Sycamores (5-2).
Daniel Bryant led the Red Wolves (3-2) with 23 points.
The Sycamores outshot Arkansas State 51 percent-40 percent and won the rebound battle 42-29.
Indiana State used a 20-9 run to build its advantage to 66-50 with 8:49 to play but then went cold. The Sycamores didn’t hit another field goal until a minute remained. However, they never lost the lead.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Martino Brock scored 21 points and Bryan Sherrer and Tim Williams added 11 apiece as South Alabama rallied back from Arkansas’ furious first-half surge to win 74-61 Sunday.
Bad starts to both halves doomed the Razorbacks (2-4), who have lost three consecutive games to mid-major opponents at home in the last six days.
“Obviously, we’ve got to find a way to get better because it’s been a difficult last week,” said Arkansas Coach John Pelphrey, who coached South Alabama from 2002-07.
The Jaguars (6-2) took a 22-6 lead out of the gate.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Les Miles trotted to the edge of the boisterous student section at Tiger Stadium, pumping his fist in triumph.
LSU’s embattled coach was one week removed and a world away from the Tigers’ late-game debacle at Mississippi.
The Tigers calmly drove 41 yards in 1:08 to set up Josh Jasper’s game-tying 41-yard field goal with 4 seconds left in regulation, then the kicker made a 36-yarder in overtime to lift No. 17 LSU to a 33-30 victory over Arkansas on Saturday night.
JONESBORO (AP) — Ryan Aplin threw for 240 yards and ran for 122 and two touchdowns to lead Arkansas State to a 30-26 victory over North Texas on Saturday.
Aplin, a redshirt freshman making his third start, scored on runs of 6 and 10 yards and completed 18 of 28 passes as the Red Wolves (3-8, 2-5 Sun Belt) ended a 4-game losing streak. Aplin’s 362 yards of offense are the fifth most in school history and the best ever by a freshman.
FAYETTEVILLE — Under second-year Coach Bobby Petrino and strong-armed transfer quarterback Ryan Mallett, Arkansas leads the SEC in passing offense and touchdown passes.
Yet it seems many defenses, including Mississippi State in last Saturday’s 42-21 Arkansas victory in Little Rock, still stack the box like former Arkansas Coach Houston Nutt was directing the former Arkansas infantry of now-NFL running backs Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis.
Rachel Roebuck is the only all-state representative from the Guard circulation area for volleyball.
The Cave City junior led the Cavewomen to a second straight state tournament appearance with 609 points this season.
Roebuck also led her team in aces (168) and kills (441) and was third on the team with 587 digs and 152 blocks.
The Pioneers scored the first nine points of the game, never trailed in the first half, but they were in serious trouble long before the first half ended.
Fouls were the trouble, and the Mountain Home Bombers took advantage for a 62-57 nonconference basketball victory in Pioneer Gym.
MOUNTAIN HOME — Mountain Home swept Batesville in junior high basketball games here Monday.
The Junior Lady Bombers won 25-17 as Patricia Foreman scored 12 points. The Junior Bombers jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and won 46-32.
Both Batesville teams are 1-6 and will begin 5A-East District play at home on Nov. 30 against Blytheville.
Wesley Rudd scored nine points for Batesville.
Mountain Home’s eighth-grade girls won 30-28 in overtime. Haley Hambrick scored eight points for Batesville.
With a fast start and some survival skills at the end, the Batesville Lady Pioneers won their first high school basketball game Tuesday night in Pioneer Gymnasium.
The Lady Pioneers scored the first 10 points and hit 67 percent of their shots from the field in the first quarter, and then they had to outscore the Mountain Home Lady Bombers 9-4 the last three and a half minutes to post a 42-37 nonconference victory.
Jay Phillips hit six of six 3-point attempts and helped lead the Central Baptist Mustangs to a 99-76 win over the Lyon Scots Tuesday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
Phillips, a reserve, scored 18 points in just 13 minutes. CJ McCoy led the visitors with 23 points, Ryan Barnes added 19 and Rodderick Briggs chipped in 16 points and four assists.
Batesville High graduate Michael Holder was a rebound shy of a double-double. He finished with 10 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot.
MAMMOTH SPRING — The Cave City Cavewomen put a stranglehold on the Mammoth Spring Lady Bears in the second half to turn a 16-16 tie into a 33-18 nonconference victory here Tuesday night.
“We told them at halftime that we have to get back to the basics defensively,” Cave City Coach Russell Fowler said. “We got beat off the dribble in the first half, but I thought we did a good job of correcting that in the second half. We just picked up our intensity.”
For now, anyway, the Searcy Lady Lions can win a rough and raggedy game with the Batesville Lady Pioneers.
Monday night in Pioneer Gym, the Lady Lions committed 22 turnovers to the Lady Pioneers’ 14, but the visitors hit a lot more in-close shots than the Lady Pioneers and won 51-39.
The pattern was set early. The Lady Lions would break the Lady Pioneers’ press often enough for easy shots, and make them, to push out to a substantial lead, then the Lady Pioneers would claw back within striking range before, again, giving up some easy shots and missing chip shots of their own.