CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. _ The University of Central Arkansas Bears got the quick start to the game Thursday night that head coach Russ Pennell had been looking for. Unfortunately, the opening minutes of the second half went the opposite way as the Southeast Missouri Redhawks rallied to down the Bears, 87-63, at the Show Me Center.
The Redhawks (4-3) outscored the Bears 36-1 to open the second half and put the game away. UCA’s first field goal of the second half did not come until the 10:08 mark when freshman Darraja Parnell hit a conventional three-point play. The Bears missed 12 consecutive shots, with their lone point coming at the free throw line from center Albert Christensson.
That came after the Bears (1-6) shot 59.3 percent from the field and made four 3-pointers in the first half to grab a 37-30 lead at halftime.
For UCA, junior guard Jordan Howard led the way with 15 points, hitting a pair of 3-pointers. It was the 47th consecutive game for Howard to connect from beyond the arc. Senior Derreck Brooks, junior Mathieu Kamba and freshman Darraja Parnell all added 11 points, with Brooks recording a team-high seven rebounds and Parnell a team-high 3 steals.
UCA continues its road trip in Indianapolis, Ind., on Saturday with a matchup with the No. 18 Butler Bulldogs at 3 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
■ Greenbrier 7th girls
GREENBRIER — Greenbrier’s seventh-grade girls defeated Clinton, 39-20, Thursday night.
Emma Rehm led the Lady led with 12 points. McKayla Betts added 11. Other scorers were: Cali Kennedy, five; Ashton Hopper and Marissa Simone, two; Emily Davenport-Vaughn had one.
Greenbrier won the B game, 7-6. Madilyn Thompson had four points, Presley Roberts had two and Saphra Criswell, one.
■ Joe Mallett Classic
St Joseph’s girls edged Fountain Lake, 34-31, Thursday in the second round of the Joe Mallett Classic at the St. Joseph Family Activity Center.
Amber Briggler had eight points, two assists and two recoveries for the Lady Bulldogs (4-4). Piper Mullaney added eight points and eight rebounds. Joanie Elsinger had six points and Erin Sterka, two assists and one recovery. Rachell Prall had three assists.
Guy-Perkins defeated the Bulldogs (4-4) in boys action.
Triple Williams led with 14 points. Other leaders were: David Beck, seven, five rebounds; Daniel Lee Kordsmeier, seven and five rebounds; Jacob Welter, four points, five rebounds, three assists. Jack Briggler, five assists; Clayton Heathscott, four points.
Guy outscored St. Joseph, 22-5, in the third quarter.
“We had a horrible start to the third quarter and being the good team that they are, they made us pay.” said coach Brent Bruich. “We got lazy with our passes and made some bad decisions with the ball. There were a lot of positives but you have got to play four quarters against good teams.”
In other games, Clinton defeated Mayflower’s girls, 61-57, and Shirley’s boys downed Perrville, 73-60.
Noon: Shirley vs. Perrville, girls
1:20: Clinton vs. Mayflower, boys
2:40: Mayflower vs, Fountain Lake, girls
4: St. Joseph vs. Mayflower, boys
5:20: St. Joseph vs. Clinton, girls championship
6:40: Guy-Perkins vs. Shirley, boys championship
■ CBC basketball
PARKVILLE, Mo. — Karlie Senko scored 20 points Thursday night in leading Central Baptist College to a 68-59 victory over Park University, the Lady Mustangs’ second straight victory.
Aailiyah Block had 14 rebounds, 12 defensive. Ashlyn Allen had 12 points.
In the men’s game, the 16th-ranked Pirates held off the Mustangs (4-3, 2-20) 83-73.
The Pirates held off the Mustangs 83-73.
Mike Evans led CBC with 11 rebounds. Nick Jones scored 14 to record his second game of the season in double figures.
■ CBC wrestling
HANNIBAL, Mo. — The CBC wrestling team lost a dual match, 36-12 to Hannibal-LaGrange on Thursday.
Zachary Kearney (197 pounds) and Francisco Joseph (285) won matches.
133 – JD Higdon (HLGU) over Michael Cunningham by fall.
141 – Deavin Beaston (HLGU) over William Johnson by fall.
149 – Devon Senior (CBC) won by forfeit.
157 – Joshua Nidever (HLGU) over Chadrick Crain by fall.
197 – Zachary Kearney over Justin Dauphin (HLGU) by decision 4-1.
285 – Francisco Joseph over Konner Braughton (HLGU) by decision 10-7.