ABILENE, TEXAS — Abilene Christian capped a three-minute comeback with a goaltending call in the final second to take a 73-72 victory Saturday over the University of Central Arkansas Bears on Saturday.
A layup by Tirrell Brown gave the Bears a 72-71 lead with three seconds left. Parker Wentz, who scored the Wildcats’ last six points, drove the length of the floor for what looked to be an uncontested layup. Brown stepped in and blocked the attempt, but it was ruled the shot was on the way down, which was confirmed by video review, giving the Wildcats the victory.
“It’s disappointing because we thought we had two winnable games on this road trip,” said UCA head coach Clarence Finley, whose team lost to both Incarnate Word and Abilene Christian. “We couldn’t get over the hump on Thursday (at Incarnate Word). We got over it today but we just couldn’t get the stops at the end of the ballgame. We should have got a rebound at the end when they missed two free throws.
“And if we’d just stayed in front of their little guard at the end. But we didn’t and it came down to a goaltending call. I wasn’t able to tell but they reviewed it and said the basket was good. But it shouldn’t have come down to that if we could have just put together a couple of stops.”
The Bears (4-12, 1-4) led 70-63 with 3:09 left, then were outscored 10-2 down the stretch by the Wildcats (6-10, 1-3).
The Bears were eight-of-20 at the foul line.
LaQuentin Miles led UCA with 19 points and DeShone McClure had 13.
ABILENE, Texas — The University of Sugar Bears grabbed a share of the Southland Conference lead and help create a logjam at the top of the standings with a 67-54 victory over Abilene Christian on Saturday at Moody Coliseum.
The Sugar Bears (10-6) are 4-1 in league play. It was the first league defeat for the Lady Wildcats (11-7, 2-1) and their first home defeat.
Breanna Mullins, nine of 10 at the foul line, led UCA with 25 points. Courtney Duever added 15 with 14 rebounds. Kelsey McClure added 11 points.
“It’s great to see our freshmen playing such a valuable part of us winning,” Rushing said. “I’m proud of how Bri and McClure played today, and Maggie Proffitt didn’t shoot it well, but still helped us with her presence on the floor,” said UCA coach Sandra Rushing. “And for us to shoot 85 percent at the free-throw line, we’ll take that every day. That was a big key for us, that and I thought we made great hustle plays. And we have to make hustle plays on the road.”
UCA held a 23-11 advantage on points off turnovers.
The Sugar Bears led 35-24 at the half and expanded that lead to 20 with 9:48 left in the second half.
THe UCA women return home Thursday and Saturday to play Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Rhodes College’s women, No. 24 in NCAA Division III, outscored Hendrix 51-27 in the second half Saturday on the way to a 88-53 victory in Southern Athletic Association action.
The Lynx (12-2), who began the second half with a 15-2 run, remained unbeaten in conference play at 4-0. The Warriors (7-8) fell to 2-2 in the league.
Lauren Avant led all scorers posting 32 points, her second game over 30 points this season. The senior also pulled down six rebounds and grabbed four steals. Symone Daniels added 18 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season.
The Warriors were led by Caitlyn Kriesel-Bigler with nine points. Katy Gallien finished with eight points. Jamie Tate had 12 rebounds.
MEMPHIS — Rhodes never trailed in racing to an 86-62 victory Saturday in men’s basketball.
The Lynx (10-5, 3-1) shot 53.6 percent from the field and 50 percent (eight of 16 from 3-point range. The Warriors (7-8, 1-3) , who shot 52.3 percent from the field, were five of 17 from long ranges. Rhodes hit 18 of 21 free throws.
THe Lynx led at the half, 45-32.
Luke Vance, who had nine rebounds, and Colton Primm had 10 points each for Hendrix.
(UCA Sports Information contributed to this report)