Dons edge Bears at buzzer

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. _ The University of Central Arkansas basketball team’s second trip to the West Coast fell just short of success Monday night.

 

Jordan Howard, the career 3-pointer leader at the University of Central Arkansas, misfired at the buzzer Monday night as the Bears dropped a 78-76 decision to the San Francisco Dons at War Memorial Gym at the Sobrato Center.

Earlier in the season, the Bears (4-5) lost in double overtime to UCLA in Los Angeles. The current swing continues Wednesday night against the University of California at Berkeley.

The Bears (4-5) led by as much as 12 points in the first half but saw the Dons (4-3) fight back and lead for the majority of the second half. Howard hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game and Darraja Parnell added a pair of free throws as UCA tied the game at 67-67 with five minutes to play.

UCA stayed within striking distance the rest of the way, and a jumper by Howard followed by two free throws made it a three-point game at 77-74 with 1:06 remaining. USF’s Chase Foster made one of two at the line to give the Dons a 78-76 lead with 13.6 seconds left. UCA lost the ball out of bounds with 3.4 seconds left but it went off a USF player.

Howard took a pass in the left corner and after a pump fake, launched a 3-point attempt that bounced off the rim. Howard, the top scorer in the Southland Conference, made 5 of 9 from 3-point range and finished with 27 points to lead all scorers.

Senior Mathieu Kamba followed Howard with 16 points, hitting 6 of 8 from the field, while Thatch Unruh finished with 11 points, hitting 3 of 4 from 3-point range.

Jordan Ratinho led the Dons with four three-pointers and 17 points, while Ferrari added 15 points, including 3 of 5 from three-point range.

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