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FOOTBALL

ASU WR enters transfer portal

Arkansas State University senior receiver Brandon Bowling announced Friday his intention to enter the transfer portal after five years with the Red Wolves.

Bowling, of McKinney, Texas, maintains one year of eligibility.

Bowling proved a reliable pass catcher for ASU, amassing double-digit receptions in three of his four seasons and winning a pair of bowl games with the Red Wolves.

The 5-9 receiver hauled in 39 passes for 507 yards and was ASU's third-leading pass catcher in 2020. His seven touchdowns ranked second, trailing only Jonathan Adams. Bowling's best game came against eventual Sun Belt Conference champion Coastal Carolina on Oct. 3, when he caught 7 passes for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Bowling was an honorable mention on the Sun Belt all-conference team this season. He leaves ASU with 82 receptions for 878 yards and 9 touchdowns.

-- Eli Lederman

BASKETBALL

Arkansas Tech men open with victory

Ke'Lyn Adams and Cameron Kennedy scored 13 points each to lead the Arkansas Tech University men to a 64-59 overtime victory over the University of the Ozarks on Friday at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

After trailing by 10 points midway through the first half, the Wonder Boys (1-0) took a 25-24 lead with 58 seconds left on an Adams' layup. Zach Bobo then hit one of two free throws with nine seconds left to tie the game at 25-25 before Justin Briley made a layup just before the end of the first half for a 27-25 Arkansas Tech lead.

Neither team led by more than four points in the second half. The Eagles (0-1) took a 57-55 lead with 2:26 left in regulation on a Bryson Johnson three-pointer, but Tony Hall's layup with 1:05 left tied the game and forced overtime, where Arkansas Tech outscored Ozarks 7-2 to take the victory.

Johnson finished with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting for Ozarks, and Bobo chipped in with 12.

ASU women add game

After having its Sun Belt Conference-opening series against Louisiana-Monroe postponed, the Arkansas State University women's team added a nonconference game against Central Baptist College for 6 p.m. Monday.

The Red Wolves will open conference play Jan. 8-9 when they take on Texas State. The Sun Belt Conference said earlier this week that it plans to reschedule the games against Louisiana-Monroe for later in the season.

Five OBU women's games postponed

Due to a combination of positive covid-19 tests, contact tracing and quarantining, the Ouachita Baptist University women's team will not be able to begin regular-season play next week as scheduled.

OBU's road games against Harding University (Thursday), Southern Arkansas University (Jan. 9) and the University of Arkansas at Monticello (Jan. 14), as well as home games against Henderson State University (Jan. 11) and Arkansas Tech University (Jan. 16) were all postponed. The Tigers will start their season Jan. 21 with a home game against Southern Arkansas.

The Great American Conference said in a news release that it would announce rescheduled games at a later date.

-- Democrat-Gazette Press Services

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