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Glasper leads Wonder Boys to season-opening win

 

November 12, 2017



RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – RJ Glasper turned in a 26-point performance in his first game in a Wonder Boys uniform, leading a cast of seven Arkansas Tech players to reach double figures as the Wonder Boys (1-0) opened the 2017 season with a 114-105 win over Minnesota Crookston.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Golden Eagles (0-1) rode the hot hand of Harrison Cleary as he scored the first eight points of the game to give Crookston a 8-0 lead.

Crookston extended its lead to 15-4 before Tech put together a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 15-11. After an 8-2 run the Golden Eagles gained their second double-digit lead of the game pulling ahead 23-13 at the 14:08 minute mark.

Tech gained its first lead of the game after Glasper drained a 3-pointer to put the Wonder Boys up 30-29.

Tech built its largest lead of the first half at 34-31 after Alex Brown hit a layup. Crookston fought its way back and retook the lead 39-38 and then built a nine-point lead with the score at 55-46 with 3:52 remaining in the first half.

The Wonder Boys ended the first half on an 8-4 run to put the score at 59-55. Cleary led all scorers with 25 first half points.

Minnesota Crookston added on to its lead in the second half as a Chase Knickerbocker free throw gave the Golden Eagles a 74-65 lead with 14:47 remaining in regulation.

The Wonder Boys answered with a run of their own as they scored 11 of the next 13 points to put the score at 77-76 with 11:35 to play. The Golden Eagles would score the next seven points to push ahead 82-76.

Glasper would go on to score seven of the Wonder Boys' next 14 points to help Tech knot the score up at 90-90 with 7:35 remaining.

Over the next three and a half minutes there were three lead changes and four ties before Glasper drilled back-to-back 3-pointers to give Tech a 104-98 lead with four minutes remaining in regulation.

Tech outscored the Golden Eagles 10-7 in the remaining four minutes as the Wonder Boys found the win column.

NOTABLES

The Wonder Boys finished the game shooting a red hot 59.7 percent from the floor. Minnesota Crookston shot 55.3 percent for the game. Tech out-rebounded the Bulldogs 48-28.

Arkansas Tech won the battle inside, outscoring the Golden Eagles 60-46 in the paint. Tech's bench also outscored Crookston 58-18.

Glasper's 26 points came on 9-15 shooting from the floor. He added three assists, one rebound and one steal.

Tech had seven players reach double-digits in scoring as Montrell Williams followed Glasper with 17, Trevin Woods added 15, Harris Brown scored 14, Alex Brown scored 13, Leonardo Edwards chipped in 12 and Mason Cline scored 11.

H. Brown added a game-high seven assists to go along side with 14 points in his first game in a Tech uniform.

Woods led the Wonder Boys in rebounds as he secured a career-high nine boards. He was followed by Williams with eight and A. Brown with seven.

NEXT UP

The Wonder Boys will conclude play at the GAC/NSIC Invitational on Saturday against Concordia-St. Paul. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

 

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