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Home losses for Bears and Sugar Bears

Posted: December 21, 2013 - 8:24pm

University of Central Arkansas basketball teams lost to two different opponents in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the Farris Center.

The men lost to Charleston Southern, 97-90, while Arkansas State handed the Sugar Bears their fourth straight defeat, 73-61.

BEARS

A double overtime game came down to free throws.

The Buccaneers (4-6) made 23 of 33 at the free-throw line, including eight of eight in the overtime periods, to hold off the Bears (2-7). UCA was just 14 of 30 (46.7 percent) from the line for the game, and made just eight of 22 in the second half and overtimes combined.

“You shoot 46 percent at the line, you’re not going to win the big games,” said UCA coach Clarence Finley. “We had a great opportunity. We did everything we could possibly do to be in the game at the end, but we just couldn’t make the free throws.”

UCA had numerous chances to put the game away in regulation but misfired six times at the line in the final 1:25. Senior guard LaQuentin Miles, in his first action since regaining his academic eligibility, missed twice with the score tied with just two seconds remaining.

Miles finished with a game-high 28 points, a point short of tying his career high in 48 minutes of action. He added eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Senior DeShone McClure added 20 points for the Bears, hitting three of UCA’s 10 3-pointers.

UCA led, 86-83, with 33 seconds left, but 5-foot-8 guard Saah Nimley, who made four 3’s, nailed his final one of the game to send it to another extra period.

Jalen Jackson hit from deep for an 89-86 UCA lead in the opening minute of the second overtime but the Bears then missed three consecutive field goal attempts and Cedrick Bowen’s jumper gave the Buccaneers the lead for good with 2:34 to play.

The men return to the Farris Center on Saturday, Dec. 28 against Omaha, a makeup game that was postponed because of weather. Tipoff is at noon.

SUGAR BEARS

The Red Wolves (6-5) shot 50 percent from the field and had a 36-18 advantage in points in the paint on the way to victory over the Sugar Bears (5-5).

ASU led 34-33 at the half. The Sugar Bears shot 37.04 percent the second half and were only two of 10 from 3-point range.

The Sugar Bears had their greatest lead in the first half at seven.

Aundrea Gamble led the Red Wolves with 21 points. Jalen O’Bannon added 16.

Maggie Proffitt led UCA with 18 points. Courtney Duever, who had scored only 14 points in three gmes, added 13, six rebounds and three assists. The senior passed the 1,000-point mark for her career. Brianna Mullins had 10.

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