From Harding University
SEARCY – Harding junior Bradley Spencer scored a career-high 29 points and junior Zach Roddenberry had 21 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead the Bisons to a 90-76 victory over Southern Arkansas on Saturday at the Rhodes Field House.
Harding won its 10th straight over Southern Arkansas in Searcy and snapped the Muleriders four-game winning streak.
Harding (6-5, 1-0) made 8-of-12 3-pointers in the first half and pulled out to a 46-31 lead at halftime. Southern Arkansas (8-5, 1-1) cut the lead to seven points at 71-64 with 3:40 left, but Harding made 21-of-27 free throws in the second half to maintain its lead.
The game was marred by 66 fouls. Six players fouled out of the game, four for Southern Arkansas and two from Harding, and Southern Arkansas coach Eric Bozeman was ejected late in the second half for his second technical foul. The teams combined to shoot 71 free throws. Harding made 29-of-40, and Southern Arkansas hit 21-of-31.
Spencer, a native of Lonoke, Ark., made 15-of-17 free throws. His 29 points were the most by a Harding player this season. Roddenberry, who entered the game as Division II's leader in field goal percentage, made 7-of-8 shots from the field and 7-of-9 at the free throw line. It was his first career double-double.
Chris Davis led Southern Arkansas with 21 points, hitting 12-of-18 free throws. Teviin Morris added 17 points and Rodney Hill scored 16.
Harding will be on the road for its next three games beginning Thursday against East Central in Ada, Okla.