Jacob Gibson has career-high 36 points in Harding victory


SEARCY (HardingSports.com) - Harding sophomore Jacob Gibson tied a school record with eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 36 points to lead the Bisons to an 89-71 Great American Conference victory over Henderson State on Thursday at Rhodes Field House.

Harding won its third straight and improved to 6-5 overall and 3-2 in GAC action. It was the Bisons' 10th win in their last 13 games against the Reddies, who fell to 6-7 overall and 2-3 in conference. Henderson State has lost four of its last five road games.

Gibson had his career-high before halftime, connecting on five 3-pointers in the first half and scoring 21 points. He was the first Harding player to make eight 3s in a game since Darren McCrillis tied two others with the school record against Louisiana Tech in 2000.

Harding shot 45 percent in the first half and led 42-34 at the break.

The Bisons were even better in the second half, shooting 58 percent from the field and extending their lead to as many as 23 points. Gibson and Hayden Johnson opened the second half with 3-pointers, and Harding led by 10 or more the rest of the way.

Gibson was 14-of-23 overall and 8-of-16 from 3-point range. It was the most 3-pointers ever attempted by a Harding player, and his 36 points were the most ever scored by a Bison in a GAC game.

Johnson scored 16 points and added seven rebounds. Sophomore Blake McNair scored a career-high 16 points and added four assists, and freshman Will Francis scored 15 points and added seven rebounds and seven assists. Senior Weston Jameson had a career-high 10 assists and moved past Harding Hall of Famer Corey Camper into eighth with 353 in his career.

Deoirvay Johnson made all five of his 3-point attempts in the second half and led Henderson State with 26 points off the bench. Kevin Kozan had 13 points, and Charles Wesley added 11.

Harding returns to action Saturday against Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia, Ark. The Tigers lost 66-54 at Arkansas Tech on Thursday.