JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - As the weekend before Christmas draws to a close basketball at both the high school and college levels began it's preparations to temporarily draw to close. Arkansas State men and women held their final games before a short Christmas furlough while the NEA Tournament and other Christmas classics either ended or played their last games before a short break. So in order to keep you up to speed on the weekends in case you've been out of touch with sports, Region 8 Sports Anchor Blake Guinn will be offering a weekly weekend round-up on Sunday nights. Here is the 1st edition:
ARKANSAS STATE MEN'S BASKETBALL
John Brady and his squad played their final game before hitting a conference stretch. Things didn't quite go the way of the hardwood howlers as the fell to Kent State on the road in Ohio by a narrow 73-69 margin. Arkansas State will take on Louisiana-Lafayette in a conference matchup on Thursday at the Convocation Center with a 7:05 tipoff. The Kent State game was the Red Wolves' last non-conference game of the season.
ARKANSAS STATE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
The Arkansas State women's basketball team won their third straight game this weekend by crushing Louisiana Lafayette at the Convocation Center on Saturday. Brian Boyer said the women would have a better month in December and that has most certainly proven to be true. Jane Morrill led the scoring for Arkansas State as the ladies went on to beat the Ragin' Cajuns 77-53. Region 8 native and CRA Alum Lindsey Killough also scored her first points as a Red Wolf in the game. Boyer and his squad will be back in action on Saturday at South Alabama.
The 66th NEA Tournament played it's last games before a Christmas furlough on Saturday. The quarterfinals for all 4 divisions will be held on Wednesday starting at 10:30 a.m. on the main court at the Convocation Center. For all of your NEA Tournament scores and details visit the NEA Tournament Central section of kait8.com.
HOGS MEN'S BASKETBALL
A home away from home game was a piece of cake for Mike Anderson and the Hardwood Hogs. They beat Alabama A&M 95-68 on Saturday from the Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. Junior Marshawn Powell scored his 1,000th career point in the rout of the Bulldogs. The Hogs next game will be on Saturday at Bud Walton Arena against Northwestern State.
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