Harding lost its fourth straight road game last night in Russellville, falling to a ranked Arkansas Tech team that benefitted from some inconvenient Bison foul trouble. The officiating crew called 52 fouls, including 28 on the Bisons and five on Brian Howard in just nine minutes on the floor. Of course, the problem with losing Howard is that the Bisons had to play small, and they didn’t do it particularly well. Harding lost the rebounding battle, was even in turnovers, and couldn’t stop Wonder Boy reserve forward Dusan Radivojevic, who scored 27 points.
Free throw shooting was also an issue for the Bisons. Steven Barnett was just 8-of-19, and Kevin Brown made 3-of-7. The team shot just 52% from the charity stripe overall, and they had plenty of chances. A 70% shooting effort would have held the Bisons close in the final minutes.
Trent Morgan led the team with 17 points, although he shot just 4-of-12 from the field. Kevin Brown had a double-double, with 11 points and 10 rebounds before he fouled out with 24 minutes of playing time. Steven Barnett and Kirk Porter were the other Bisons who reached double figures in scoring.
The Bisons will face another ranked opponent on Thursday when they travel to face Christian Brothers. The Bucs are tied with ATU for the division lead at 3-0. The Bisons, at 1-2, are in a four-way tie for fourth place.