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Suns unable to overcome slow start in loss to Reddies


January 12, 2018

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – The Arkansas Tech Golden Suns basketball team (9-2, 5-2 Great American Conference) was unable to overcome a slow first-quarter start against the Henderson State Reddies (9-4, 5-2), falling 75-52 on Thursday night at the Duke Wells Center.


After the Golden Suns scored the game's first four points, the Reddies closed the opening quarter on a 20-0 run to claim a 20-4 advantage entering the second quarter.

HSU's Haleigh Henson buried a 3-pointer to extend the HSU run to 23-0 before Jacie Higgins answered with a 3-pointer at the 9:25 mark, putting the first Tech points on the board since the 7:50 mark of the first quarter and ending a scoring drought of over eight minutes.

The two teams traded buckets through the opening minutes of the second quarter, with HSU claiming a 30-11 advantage at the under-5 media timeout.

The Reddies stretched the lead to 20 (36-16) at the half.

The Golden Suns responded in the opening minutes of the second half, opening the third quarter on a 9-2 run to cut the HSU lead to 13 (38-25) with 6:20 remaining in the third quarter.

Tech entered the fourth quarter trailing by 14 points (50-36).

The Reddies outscored Tech 25-16 in the final quarter to claim the victory.


The Golden Suns missed the final 10 field goals of the first quarter.

Lyrik Williams led the Golden Suns with 13 points.

Both teams turned in 46 rebounds, with Tech outrebounding HSU 20-9 on the offensive glass.

HSU outshot the Golden Suns 44.3 percent to 28.0 percent, firing for 60 percent in the fourth quarter.

The Golden Suns were outscored 30-20 in the paint and 18-10 off turnovers. Tech held a 13-2 advantage in second-chance points.

HSU connected on 11 of 27 3-pointers, while Tech was 4-of-16.

Tech forced 19 Reddies turnovers.


The Golden Suns will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 13, hosting Southern Arkansas in a Great American Conference matchup in Tucker Coliseum. A 1 p.m. tip-off is scheduled.


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