Harding hits 16 3-pointers in victory over Champion Baptist

From Harding University

Harding connected on 16 3-pointers and shot 59 percent from the field in a 92-58 victory over Champion Baptist on Tuesday in men's basketball action at Rhodes Field House.

Harding improved to 3-0 with the victory and continues a six-game home stand to start the season Monday against Christian Brothers.

Champion Baptist, a college in Hot Springs, Ark., affiliated with the Association of Christian College Athletics, shot just 26 percent in the first half and fell to 2-8.

Harding shot 55 percent in the first half, made six 3-pointers, and led 46-16 at halftime. The Bisons made 10-of-16 3-pointers in the second half and finished just one 3-pointer short of the school record.

Senior forward Zach Roddenberry led Harding with 19 points. He was a perfect 8-of-8 from the field, made all three free throw attempts, and added six rebounds. The reigning Great American Conference Player of the Week, Roddenberry is shooting 74.3 percent from the field and averaging 22.3 points in the first three games.

Freshman Andraz Kavas had his first collegiate double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Kavas was 7-of-10 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range.

Freshman Tony Cochran made 4-of-6 3-pointers and scored 14 points, and junior Zach Kirby was 4-of-5 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 12 points.

Harding was 16-of-31 (51.6 percent) on its 3-point attempts, and eight different players made at least one.

Junior Brandon Likins led Champion Baptist with 22 points. He entered the game averaging 32.3 points but had only two points at halftime. He shot 8-of-23 from the field and made just 2-of-10 3-pointers. Mo Capaci had 14 points for the Tigers, and Jesse Byrd added 12 points.