NSU 73, Mo. Western 70
TAHLEQUAH — Trailing by seven with 6:01 to play, the RiverHawks (8-2, 3-0 MIAA) closed the game on a 15-5 run to stay on top of the conference standings, while the hot-shooting Griffons (6-4, 1-1 MIAA) suffered their first league loss of the year.
Senior guard Bryton Hobbs led all scorers with 20 points despite playing only 25 minutes due to foul trouble. He did most of his damage on the free-throw line, finishing 9 of 12 from the charity stripe. Junior guard Keon Littleton added 17 points and eight rebounds, senior forward Marcus Sheppard finished with 14 points and nine boards, and junior forward Curtis Evans chipped in 12 points and eight boards.
His free throw tied it at 65 with 2:47 left. Ryan Devers’ layup with 1:18 to go put MWSU up by one on the ensuing trip downcourt and Marcus Sheppard answered with a 3-pointer with :51 left and up 69-67, the RiverHawks would never trail again. NSU shot 54 percent from the3-point line as they moved to 8-2 overall, 3-0 in league play.
Keon Littleton had 17 points and eight rebounds and Sheppard had 14 points and nine rebounds. Curtis Evans had 12 points.
Ryan Devers led the way for the Griffons (6-4, 1-1) with 16 points and six rebounds. Adarius Fulton had 12 points, four rebounds and four assists.
“This was a big win for us coming back the way we did,” said NSU coach Larry Gipson. “We had a long layoff after our last game. We were in massive foul trouble for a time. We just kept hanging in there and battling.
NSU hosts Central Missouri on Saturday in a 3:30 p.m. tipoff.
Arkansas 102, Tenn.-Martin 56
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Freshman Moses Kingsley posted career highs of 12 points and 12 rebounds as Arkansas returned from a week layoff with a convincing 102-56 win over Tennessee-Martin on Thursday night.
The margin of victory matched the largest of the season for the Razorbacks (8-2), who have now won 21 straight home games.
Freshman Bobby Portis and senior Coty Clarke added 15 points each for Arkansas, which shot 60.9 percent (42 of 69) and had five players score in double figures. Portis, a McDonald’s All-American in high school, has now scored in double figures in six straight games.
Terence Smith led the Skyhawks (5-9), who had their three-game winning streak snapped, with 19 points. Tennessee-Martin was just 19 of 69 (27.5 percent) from the field.
The loss was the worst of the season for Tennessee-Martin, topping a 30-point loss to UNLV on Nov. 30. The game was Arkansas’ first in seven days, after taking the week off for finals.