ECU Men's Basketball Gets Win at Arkansas-Monticello

The East Central University men's basketball team got back on track with a 90-79 victory over Arkansas-Monticello in Great American Conference action.

The Tigers (13-6, 9-4 GAC) saw five players record over 10 points in the game, including a team-high 21 points by junior Braxton Reeves. Junior Ben Brown-White was one rebound away from a double-double, with 17 points and nine boards.

The teams kept things close in the first three minutes of the game, with the Boll Weevils (7-12, 5-8 GAC) holding a 5-6 advantage. However, that is when ECU took control of the game with an 11-0 run over the next five minutes. The run would end up being all that was needed, as the Tigers led the rest of the game.

The rest of the first half was a battle of runs, but the closest that UAM could get was five (16-11), with the Tigers pushing the advantage to as many as 17 (36-19) and going into the locker room with a 46-34 advantage.

ECU kept the lead over 10 points for the first three minutes of the second half, before a 5-0 run by the Boll Weevils cut the advantage to seven (53-46). The lead remained between seven and nine points for the next minute, before a 5-0 run by ECU pushed the lead back out to double-digits (60-48), with 13:49 left to play.

The Tigers continued to increase the pressure through the rest of the stanza and lead by as many as 20 points (88-68), before a final 11-2 run in the final three minutes of the game allowed UAM to cut the deficit to a final of 90-79.

ECU held key advantages on the glass (36-30) and in the overall shooting battle (34-26). However, the Boll Weevils did take a 13-20 lead in free throws made.

The Tigers will now return home for a three-game home stand, which will be three of the final four games at the Kerr Activities Center for the 2015-16 season. The streak will start with a battle against Henderson State, Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

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