The East Central University men's basketball team got back on track, with a 77-65 victory over Arkansas-Monticello in Great American Conference action at the Kerr Activities Center.
The Tigers (2-2, 1-1 GAC) saw four players tally double-digits in the points column, with junior Aly Hudgins leading the team with 17 points and nine rebounds. Junior Braxton Reeves added 18 points, six boards, four assists and two steals. Junior Donovan Halsel contributed 13 points and freshman Jamey Woods 10.
ECU started the game on a hot streak, scoring 17 points in the first five minutes of action before the Boll Weevils (0-4, 0-2 GAC) were able to get points on the board. However, UAM followed with an 8-0 run of its own to cut in the advantage.
The Tigers kept the lead between eight and 11 points for the next four minutes before starting a 9-2 run to increase the advantage to 15, over a two-minute span. ECU kept the pressure up through the rest of the half, holding a 14 to 17 point advantage before going into the intermission with a 41-27 advantage.
While ECU again held the Boll Weevils without a field goal in the first 2:30 minutes of the second half, the game remained close, as the Tigers tallied just five points during the time frame. UAM then went on a 12-0 run over the next three minutes to cut the deficit to six (46-40).
That is when the Tigers went back to work and used a 14-1 run over three minutes to increase the lead back to 19. While UAM was able to get the disadvantage back to eight in the final seven minutes, ECU out-scored the Boll Weevils 10-6 in the final minutes to earn the 77-65 win.
The Tigers shot 51.9 percent from the floor and 37 percent from beyond the arc, while holding UAM to 40.4 percent overall and 31.6 percent from three-point range. One of the bigger keys was the 36-27 rebounding advantage for ECU.
The Tigers will now hit the road to start a five-game road trip at Dallas Baptist, Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.