From UAM Sports
Devon Lucal, Director of Athletic Communications
MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team upset #23 ranked Delta State University in a non-conference match-up Sunday afternoon by a final score of 77-67 at home.
UAM (4-0, 2-0 GAC) began on a hot start against the Statesmen of DSU (3-1, 0-0 GSC) as the Weevils created a 17-1 run over the first six minutes of the opening half. Arkansas-Monticello maintained a double-digit lead throughout the remaining ten minutes of the first half to lead the #23 ranked Statesmen, 41-26.
The Weevils saw its biggest lead of the day at 21 points midway through the second half after back-to-back three-pointers by Karim Mawunyega and Hunter Daley fueled the home squad ahead. Delta State put together small runs in the last seven minutes of the contest to trail only by eight points with 00:32 seconds left, but Arkansas-Monticello closed the game out on free-throws to upset the visiting Statesmen, 77-67.
Offensively the Weevils were led by junior Karim Mawunyega who totaled 23 points overall on 7-for-14 shooting from the field. Mawunyega contributed a team-high four assists, two steals and one rebound to his stat-line as well.
Junior Cobe Goosby added 15 points, five boards and four assists in the winning effort, and freshman Hunter Daley finished the game with 11 points and went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. Junior Derylton Hill provided a defensive force on the glass as Hill recorded a season-high 11 rebounds in the match-up also.
Arkansas-Monticello ended the game shooting 44 percent from the field (24-for-55), 40 percent from beyond the arc (8-for-20) and 84 percent on free throws (21-for-25). DSU ended the match-up at 39 percent from the field (24-for-62), 24 percent on threes (4-for-17) and 68 percent on foul shots (15-for-22).
UAM will return to the court next on Thursday, December 1 as the Weevils head to Weatherford, Oklahoma to take on Great American Conference opponent Southwestern Oklahoma State, with tip-off slated for 7:30 p.m.