Arkansas Tech 61, Fresno Pacific 50
TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ In a game of scoring droughts on both sides, Fresno Pacific had the longest one _ and the last one.
The Sunbirds, who went nearly 10 minutes in the first half without scoring, managed just one field goal in the final 2:50 in falling 61-50 to the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys in the second round of the NAIA tournament Thursday.
Fresno Pacific (24-8) trailed 50-46 after a layup by Ty Amundsen with 2:50 to play. From there Arkansas Tech made six consecutive free throws to lengthen the lead to 56-46 with 1:21 left.
Arkansas Tech (28-5) will play in the quarterfinals at 4 p.m. Friday.
Chad Keaster canned five 3-point shots, including one that put the Wonder Boys ahead to stay at 38-35. He led Arkansas Tech with 16 points, followed by center David Bevis and forward Thayer McKinley with 13 points each.
Brothers Ty Amundsen and Tim Amundsen scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, to lead Fresno Pacific. Center Don Moore was held to 13, four below his average.
Leading 12-3 early, Fresno Pacific was held scoreless for a span of 9:48 in the first half, but still trailed just 15-12. Tim Amundsen ended the drought with a 3-point basket and the score was tied with 3:08 left in the half.
Fresno Pacific shot 26.1 percent (6-23) in the first half, but the Wonder Boys were worse at 24.1 (7-29). The final totals improved slightly to 36.7 percent for Fresno Pacific and 37.3 percent for Arkansas Tech.
Arkansas Tech did not score for the first 5:45 and trailed 10-0 before Trumaine Arnold broke the ice with a driving layup.