Tech Defeats Harding in Shootout in Russellville


February 15, 2019

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Harding and Arkansas Tech combined to make 27 3-pointers, but a Tech run early in the second half proved to be the difference in an 88-82 Arkansas Tech win in Great American Conference action at Tucker Coliseum.

The 11-0 Tech run pushed a 57-56 lead to 68-56. Mason Cline punctuated the run with a 3-pointer.

Harding (5-18, 3-14) made 12 3-pointers in the first half, but its first 3 in the second half did not come until Adam Horn hit one from the corner to cut Tech's lead to 81-75. Collier Blackburn's 3-pointer with 45 seconds left pulled Harding within 85-80, but the Bisons got no closer.

Harding's 14 3-pointers were a season high.

Harding and Arkansas Tech (9-14, 7-10) made 21 3-pointers in the first half and were tied 50-50 at halftime. There were six ties and 12 lead changes in the half. The Bisons were 12-of-23 from long range, and the Wonder Boys were 9-of-16 on 3-pointers.

It was the first time Harding both scored and allowed 50 or more points in the first half since a 104-95 victory over Delta State in 2007 that had the Statesmen leading the Bisons 53-52 at halftime.

J.P. Brandon scored the first nine points of the second half for Harding and scored a career-high 19 points. Reggie Anthony made a career-high four 3-pointers and scored 16. Collier Blackburn and Jordan West both set career highs with 14 points each.

Freddie Lee scored 21 points to lead Arkansas Tech, who shot 13 of 29 from 3-point range.

Harding returns to the Rhodes-Reaves Field House Saturday to host Henderson State at 7:30 p.m.


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