Balanced Tulsa pulls away from UALR 78-64
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - James Woodard scored 19 points and Shaquille Harrison 13 with seven assists as Tulsa broke open a close game in the second half for a 78-64 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday.
The game was tied for the sixth time, 41-41, when Marquel Curtis hit a layup and later a free throw - his only three points of the game beginning a 16-0 run for Tulsa (3-6). Woodard, Harrison, Rashad Smith, Rashad Ray and Lew Evans all scored in the run that put Tulsa up 57-41. The game wasn't close afterward.
Will Neighbour, who hit a pair of free-throws to forge the 41-41 tie, finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Trojans (3-5). It's the ninth career double-double for Neighbour, who's scored in double figures in all eight games this season.
Leroy Isler scored 14 points for Little Rock, which shot just 36 percent from the field.
Arkansas pair honored with SEC freshman awards
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Southeastern Conference has named two players from the University of Arkansas as conference freshmen of the week.
Razorback forward Bobby Portis is the men's Freshman of the Week after helping UA to two wins last week over Southeastern Louisiana and Clemson.
UA forward Jessica Jackson is the SEC women's Freshman of the Week after helping the Razorbacks to wins over Kansas and Northwestern State.
GAC names players of the week
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Great American Conference has named East Central Oklahoma's Brandon Lucas and Arkansas Tech's Cara Neighbors as its' men's and women's conference Basketball Players of the Week.
Lucas led East Central to road victories at Harding and Arkansas Tech by averaging 23 points and 6 rebounds per game in the two contests.
Neighbors led the Golden Suns to an 88-61 win against East Central with a game-high 19 points.
Angels name manager for Arkansas Travelers
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels have announced that longtime minor league manager and coach Phillip Wellman will manage the 2014 Arkansas Travelers.
The Travelers play in the Texas League and are the AA affiliate of the Angels.
Wellman played four years in the minor leagues before becoming a coach in the Atlanta Braves organization. He has 15 years experience as a minor league manager.
The remainder of the Travelers staff will be hitting coach Tom Tornincasa, pitching coach Pat Rice, athletic trainer Greg Spence and strength and conditioning coach Joe Griffin.
NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
Brazile earns 19th gold buckle
Trevor Brazile secured his record-breaking 19th gold buckle when he won the all-around championship during round six on Tuesday at the National Finals Rodeo.
Brazile, of Decatur, Texas, clinched the crown when the only other all-around competitor in contention, heeler Jade Corkill of Fallon, Nev., was unable to rope his steer with header Clay Tryan of Billings, Mont., during round six. Header Brazile and heeler Patrick Smith of Lipan, Texas, went on to win the round in a time of 4.8 seconds.
Brazile has earned $312,579 in 2013 compared to $153,159 for Corkill. Brazile's two other events in 2013 were tie-down roping and steer roping, which he won for his 18th gold buckle.
Brazile has won 11 of the past 12 world all-around titles, including the past nine in a row. He broke a tie with steer roper Guy Allen, who was the first individual to attain 18 gold buckles.
Mich. St.'s Narduzzi wins Broyles Award
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The defensive coordinator for fourth-ranked Michigan State has won the Broyles Award, given annually to college football's top assistant coach.
Pat Narduzzi was named the winner Tuesday at a luncheon in Little Rock. Narduzzi structured the Spartans' defense, lifting the team to a 12-1 record and a spot in the Rose Bowl against No. 5 Stanford.
The award is named for former Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, who is noted for developing assistants into head coaches. A number of his aides went on to stellar careers, including Hayden Fry, Joe Gibbs, Jimmy Johnson, Johnny Majors, Jackie Sherrill and Barry Switzer.
Fry, Majors and Switzer were on this year's selection committee.
Other finalists this year were Auburn's Rhett Lashlee, Baylor's Philip Montgomery, Florida State's Jeremy Pruitt and Kurt Roper from Duke.
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