A tough night shooting from just about any spot on the court contributed to Southern Arkansas’ loss of its first Great American Conference game of the season Thursday, 58-41, to Henderson State in Arkadelphia.
Despite the loss, the Muleriders defended well as they held the Reddies to 32 percent (19-of-60) shooting which included just five makes from deep in 23 attempts. The free throw line proved critical for both squads in the contest as HSU shot 79 percent (15-of-19) from the stripe, while the Muleriders connected on 58 percent (15-of-26) of their attempts.
The Reddies led 28-17 at the intermission and outscored SAU by six points in the second half to claim the 17-point win. Henderson State forced 21 turnovers which led to a dozen points and the Reddies played in transition throughout the night as they recorded 19 fast break points.
HSU also outscored the Muleriders inside 24-18 with seven blocked shots.
SAU (1-3, 0-1 GAC) was led by junior Devante Brooks, who -- despite being greeted by multiple defenders inside throughout the night -- delivered his second-straight double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
True freshman Dodge Brown scored a career-high 11 points and classmate Jessie Davis Jr. added six points and six rebounds.
Southern Arkansas returns to action on Saturday and will welcome Harding into the W.T. Watson Center. Tip-off in the Muleriders' Great American Conference home opener is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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