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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State University basketball player Daniel Bryant has been dismissed from the team after being charged with misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor criminal mischief.
The Jonesboro Sun reported Bryant was dismissed from the team Monday after being arrested last Thursday for allegedly kicking in the door of his girlfriend’s apartment and assaulting her.
ASU Coach John Brady released a statement saying efforts have been made to help Bryant make better choices in his daily life and that those efforts did not succeed.
JONESBORO (AP) — Brandon Peterson scored 19 points and Martavius Adams added 18 as Arkansas State pulled away from Savannah State in the second half for a 68-55 victory Monday night.
The Red Wolves (4-7) shot just 38.8 percent but made up for it with 29 offensive rebounds, which led to 19 second-chance points. The Tigers earned only 21 rebounds overall.
Preston Blackmon scored 19 points to lead Savannah State (1-13), which has lost 13 straight.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee said the Razorbacks have begun working on their game plan for the contest against Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4.
After Monday’s practice session inside the Walker Pavilion, McGee said the workout featured elements of the game plan for the matchup between No. 8 Arkansas (10-2) and the No. 6 Buckeyes (11-1).
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Nolan Richardson was running the “40 minutes of hell” style of basketball when Gus Malzahn first felt the need for speed as a high school coach in Arkansas.
If it worked for 40 minutes, then why not 60? And if your players can’t outrun opposing teams, No. 1 Auburn’s offensive coordinator figured, out-hurry them. Skip the huddle, keep moving and let it fly — like Richardson’s Razorbacks hoops teams that were competing for national titles in the mid-1990s.
Stars & Stripes recently won a team title and four of their athletes won all-around championships at the Arkansas Pepsi Challenge gymnastics meet in Hot Springs.
Led by 14-year-old Sarah Doty and Darrby Richardson, 11, the local gymnastic center won the Level 4 team championship. Doty won the all-around title in her age division by winning the vault, finishing second in the floor exercise, third on the uneven bars and fourth on the balance beam.
VIOLA — Izard County’s Trenton Hatman beat the buzzer and the Cougars beat the Viola Longhorns 48-46 in a Class 1A 2-North District game here Friday night.
Hatman’s 15-footer from the right elbow as the horn sounded capped Izard County’s comeback after the squad trailed 30-20 at halftime. The shot was set up by Ryan Walker, who stole a lob attempt with eight seconds to play and then passed to Hatman, who dribbled through three Longhorn defenders and raced down the court for the winner.