UAPB Men Hoops: Williams Go-Ahead Shot Lifts Golden Lions over UCA 85-83


CONWAY, AR —Rashad Williams knocked down a shot with 11 seconds left in the game to put the UAPB men’s basketball team up for good in an 85-83 victory over the Central Arkansas Bears on the road Monday.

The Golden Lions (3-1) had three players score in double figures, led by Williams, who had 28 points. Lonnell Martin tacked on 20 points and three steals and Kylen Milton chipped in as well with 20 points and five steals.

The Golden Lions offense was strong from deep, knocking down 12 threes on 25 attempts. Williams hit five treys for the Golden Lions in the contest.

UAPB forced 19 Central Arkansas turnovers while committing 14 themselves in Monday’s game. The Golden Lions turned those takeaways into 18 points on the offensive end of the floor. Milton’s five steals led the way for UAPB.

How It Happened

After jumping out to an 11-9 advantage, UAPB went on an 8-0 run with 14:04 left in the first half, culminating in a bucket from Milton, to increase its lead to 19-9. The Golden Lions then surrendered that lead and entered halftime down 43-39.

UAPB narrowed its deficit to 45-44 before going on a 6-0 run, finished off by Williams’ three, to seize a 50-45 lead with 17:21 to go in the contest. The Bears narrowed the margin somewhat before the game was over, but the Golden Lions still held on for the 85-83 win.

Game Notes

» Williams’ shot with 11 seconds left put UAPB ahead for good.
» The Golden Lions had three players to score 20 or more (Williams, Milton and Martin)
» This is the third consecutive game that Williams scored 25 plus points.
» The Golden Lions shot well from three point range, knocking down 12 of 25 long range attempts.
» Rashad Williams, Lonnell Martin, and Kylen Milton combined to account for 80 percent of the Golden Lions points.
» UAPB defense forced 19 turnovers.
» The Golden Lions had three players score over 20 points in the contest. Rashad Williams led the way with 28 points, Lonnell Martin had 20, and Kylen Milton added 20.
» UAPB got a team-high seven rebounds from Jyre McCloud.

The Golden Lions will be back in action when they host Incarnate Word Saturday, November, 18, at the H.O. Clemons Arena.  Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.