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Wonder Boys split first two games

MATTHEW EMERY/THE ARKA TECH The Wonder Boys return to action on Thursday.

The Arkansas Tech Wonders Boys basketball team began their 2015-16 campaign splitting a pair of games, with a win against Northern State on Friday, and a loss on Saturday against Minnesota State Moorhead.

The Wonder Boys first games of the season went to the final buzzer, prevailing against Northern State 81-80 and falling to Minnesota State Moorhead 80-78 in overtime.

Freddy Lee, a redshirt freshman guard, netted a game-winning layup with only 2.3 seconds left in the opening game.

The Wonder Boys fell behind early, going down by 12 with 14:23 left in the first half. But with 6:45 remaining, Tech found itself back in the game thanks to a 15-5 run to give them a 26-25 advantage.
Northern State wouldn’t back down, as they managed to answer right back and go into halftime with a 40-35 lead.

With 8:18 left in the game, Tech found itself down by 12 again. Tech rallied for an 11-0 run to put them right back into it 66-64 with 5:23 left to play.

Shortly after, the Wonder Boys were able to tie the game at 69, thanks to a fast break layup by senior guard Bryson Fletcher.

Two successful free throws from Lee with 47 seconds left put the Wonder Boys in to position to end it dramatically. The dramatics would carry over to Saturday during the game with Minnesota State Moorhead, which the Wonder Boys dropped in overtime.

The Wonder Boys were down by 10 with 1:24 left in the game, and managed to finish on a 13-3 run to force the game into overtime. Junior guard Marquis Yates scored all 13 of those points, as he posted a 30-point effort.

In overtime, the Wonder Boys found themselves on the other side of the coin, as Minnesota State Moorhead was able to net a game-winning layup just as time expired.

The Wonder Boys will return to action Thursday, as they travel to face Southwestern Oklahoma in Great American Conference play. Tip is at 7:30 p.m.