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.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A potentially explosive news conference with an alleged mistress was canceled and more details trickled out about the car accident that started all the trouble for Tiger Woods.
The news conference in Los Angeles for Rachel Uchitel, the woman who denied a tabloid report about an affair with Woods, was canceled about an hour before it was to begin Thursday.
The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers improved to 2-0 in 5A-East District play Thursday night with a 38-29 decision over the West-Helena Junior Cougarettes in Pioneer Gym.
Batesville led 9-7, 17-11 and 28-21 at the quarter breaks.
Kinsey Scaggs led the winners with 11 points. Lainey Rumans added eight points.
“Also, Hailey Hastings scored seven points off the bench for us that were big,” Batesville Coach Chip McDonald said.
The Junior Lady Pioneers had to overcome a big size disadvantage, the coach said.
BRADFORD — The last White County Invitational Tournament championship game Saturday night will be made up of Independence and Cleburne County representatives.
In semifinal games here Thursday, the Concord Pirates whipped the Bradford Eagles, the tournament hosts, 74-56, and the Midland Mustangs battled by the Pangburn Tigers 37-28.
Chase Thomas scored a team-high 19 points for the Pirates. Tim Fuller added 15, Derek Burnett chipped in 13, and Slade Storemont contributed 10.
Bradford’s Dakota Treece led all scorers with 26 points.
The Pirates improved to 15-1.
Cave City’s homecoming ceremony will be held after the junior high boys basketball game Friday night, Cave City Coach Russell Fowler announced.
The Junior Cavemen and Flippin Junior Bobcats are scheduled to get the night started at 5. After the game, the court will be presented and then the senior boys will play. The senior girls will get the rare nightcap game.
Lyon College volleyball Coach Ray Green announced that tryouts for the Batesville Volleyball Club will be held Friday from 5-8 p.m. at Lyon’s Becknell Gymnasium.
Registration is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. and participants are encouraged to register online with the Delta Region at www.deltavolleyball.net before the tryout.