Sophomore Guard Chris Malone drained a three pointer at the buzzer to give the University of West Alabama men’s basketball team a thrilling 65-62 win over Arkansas at Monticello at Pruitt Hall Thursday night.
Malone, who finished with nine points in the contest, also connected on the game-tying trey with just 17 seconds left in the game. The Birmingham, Ala.-native finished three of four from behind the arc. The Tigers, who trailed by 10 at the halftime break, chipped away at the Boll Weevil lead throughout the final 20 minutes and trailed by six with just over a minute left in the game. The Red and White outscored the Green and White 14-5 over the final minute and a half. The UWA scoring spurt was sparked by Glenn Miles, who scored six of his final 12 points during that span. The Tigers held UAM in check in the final 20 minutes, holding it to just 29 percent from the field while UWA (5-7) registered a 55 percent clip in the final stanza. The Tigers avenged a four-point setback to UAM earlier in the campaign in Monticello, Ark.
The Tigers were led in the scoring column by Maurice Naylor with a game-high 16 points. The Meridian, Miss- junior was two rebounds shy of posting a double-double. Michael Billings and Kevin Johnson each carded eight points apiece.
UAM (6-4), who led by as many as 12 points early in the second half, was led by Derek Easter, who turned in 15 points in the setback. Current Gulf South Conference Western Division Player of the Week, Raymond Wright posted 12 points for UAM.
UWA will trek to Cleveland, Miss. on Saturday, Jan. 5, to face Delta State at 4 p.m. The game will be carried on the radio at Y 104.9 and on the official UWA Athletic website at www.athletics.uwa.edu. The Tigers return home to open the GSC slate on Saturday, Jan. 12 against Alabama at Huntsville.