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March 2, 2014

College basketball roundup


Arkansas 87, Georgia 75

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Coty Clarke scored a career-high 23 points as Arkansas continued its recent surge with an 87-75 win over Georgia on Saturday.

The win is the second in two days for the Razorbacks (20-9, 9-7 Southeastern Conference) over one of the SEC’s top teams, following their win at Kentucky on Thursday night.

Clarke had 15 points in the first half, and he was joined in double figures by Michael Qualls with 20.

Arkansas has now won five straight SEC games for the first time since 2010, giving it 20 wins for the first time since the 2007-08 season — the last time it went to the NCAA tournament.

Kenny Gaines led the Bulldogs (16-12, 10-6) with 25 points, while Marcus Thornton had 13 and Brandon Morris 11.

Oral Roberts 80,

Sam Houston 73

TULSA — Korey Billbury tied his career high with 29 points, making 3 of 5 3-point attempts, to lead Oral Roberts to an 80-73 victory over Sam Houston State Saturday night.

Sam Houston, which was in sole possession of second place in the Southland Conference at the beginning of the week, has now slipped to third following an 80-71 loss at Central Arkansas Thursday night and this loss to ORU (16-13, 10-6). ORU is in sixth place.

SHSU held a 72-69 lead with 3:16 remaining, but the Bearkats managed just a single point after that.  ORU scored 11 points in the final 2:53.  Billbury had four free throws, Shawn Glover, who finished with 21 points, had a layup and three free throws while Bobby Word and Brandon Conley each added a free throw.

Jabari Peters scored 26 points for the Bearkats (19-9, 11-5).

St. Thomas 96,

Bacone 76

The Warriors’ hopes of clinching the fifth spot in the Red River Conference tournament fell short Saturday night at the Palmer Center.

Bacone concludes the regular season at 12-18 and 8-10 in the RRAC and has the sixth seed and will now wait to see if it plays St. Thomas or Our Lady of the Lake on Tuesday. The Celts and Saints are tied for second in the RRAC standings with 14-4 conference records.

Bacone trailed 48-30 at halftime and was unable to get any closer than 14 points in the second half.

On the night the Warriors knocked down 52 percent (27-of-51) but went 8-of-17 from three-point range and 14-of-23 at the charity stripe.

Matt Qualls finished with 21 points, Geo Brewer added 15, Creed Flowers pumped in 13 and Roland Barbaza knocked in 12. Jeremy McClain led in rebounds with 10.

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