HSU couldn’t shake UAM

Arkansas-Monticello remains undefeated against the Reddies in 2021

Teuana Smith, Sports Reporter

Sitting at number one in the GAC East, UAM traveled to Arkadelphia for a divisional game against Henderson State. This was the third meeting of the season between the two teams. The Boll Weevils won the first two matchups by a combined 35 points.

HSU’s defense proved to be effective the first seven minutes of the game, forcing UAM’s top shooters to lay low. Jeremiah Toney, Reddies’ senior forward, and Yuri Swinford, junior forward, worked hard to keep the game in Henderson’s favor at a score 15-9.

Intensity caused issues for both teams, with foul troubles looming early on. The lead alternated between the two teams until the Weevils, leading 30-28, went on a shooting spree that Henderson had difficulty recovering from.

Quawn Marshall, the Reddies’ floor general, took charge for the rest of the half, adding eight points to the score, narrowing the margin to two points, 41-39. Davenport’s free throws evened the score at 41 a piece. However, with five seconds remaining on the clock, UAM shot a triple at the buzzer to take the lead at the break, 44-41. 

In the second half, Henderson played a game of “catch up” with UAM, trying to mend their mistakes from the first 20 minutes of action. Henderson displayed great effort to get the team back on track midway into the second half, still trailing 59-54.

The score came down to a one-point deficit after HSU’s Malik Riddle, junior guard, completed back-to-back layups, followed by a Marshall jumper. The Reddies tied the score twice before the second half ended at 70-70 forcing the game into overtime.

In the first two minutes of the extra period, Henderson moved swiftly to stay on top, but the Weevils were hot on their trail with an answer for Henderson’s buckets. HSU’s physicality put UAM into the bonus, giving the Boll Weevils a six-point advantage to close out the game. 

UAM defeated HSU, 82-76. Despite the loss, Quawn Marshall came out with a career high of 22 points, as the Reddies are still working him back into the lineup after a lengthy absence due to injury.

Henderson State is set to play at Harding on Feb. 13 in Searcy.