Junior guard Aaron Lucas delivered 18 points and 11 rebounds in a double-double effort, as Southern Arkansas beat Arkansas-Monticello 72-63 on Thursday night in Magnolia.
The Muleriders snapped a four-game losing skid.
Defensively, the Muleriders (6-9, 3-6 GAC) held UAM's high-scoring offense, which entered averaging over 90 points per game, to its season-low scoring output of just 63 points. On Thursday night, it was the league's second-best three-point percentage defense of the Muleriders (31.1 percent) that got the best of the league's second-best three-point percentage of the Weevils (39.2 percent). Southern Arkansas held UAM to just a 15.8 percent success rate from beyond-the-arc as the visitors made just three of their 19 attempts from range.
The lead changed hands only four times in the contest with the Muleriders controlling the advantage for over 37 minutes of game time. The largest lead for Southern Arkansas came with 5:30 to play as the Muleriders led by 13 points at 59-46.
In the final six minutes of the game, the Muleriders converted 9-of-17 from the charity stripe after only attempting five shots in the game's first 34 minutes. That effort helped SAU stave off any late potential comeback effort as the Weevils only managed to get to within nine points of the lead during that time period. Junior forward Devante Brooks made his last five attempts from the line which all came within the final 2:15 of action.
D. Brooks finished with 13 points and ten rebounds; his fifth double-double of the season. Sophomore combo Jalen Brooks added 13 points as well with three rebounds. Junior guard Gabe Gilliam also went for 13 points as he knocked down three trifectas, while freshman Jessie Davis Jr. delivered eight points and five rebounds.
Southern Arkansas returns to action on Saturday in Searcy as the Muleriders take on Harding (6-9, 1-8 GAC) inside Rhodes Reaves Fieldhouse. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m.