Abilene Christian dumps UCA behind Friday’s 18 points

CONWAY, Ark. (AP)   Jalone Friday scored 18 points and Jaren Lewis scored 13 with 11 rebounds and Abilene Christian pulled away in the second half for an 80-63 win over Central Arkansas on Saturday.

The Wildcats led 38-37 at halftime before turning a 63-57 advantage with just under six minutes left to 70-57 with a layup from Friday, a 3-pointer from Payten Ricks and Jaylen Franklin's dunk in a two-minute span. The Bears went scoreless for 4 1/2 minutes and missed six shots. Ricks and Franklin sandwiched dunks between Jordan Howard's layup for the Bears for a 17-point lead with 77 seconds left.

Franklin added 16 points for Abilene Christian (13-8, 5-3 Southland Conference) and Ricks and Tevin Foster each scored 11.

Howard scored 28 points for the Bears (10-11, 4-4) on 10-of-18 shooting and made four of Central Arkansas' five 3-pointers. The rest of the Bears combined to shoot 13 of 39 (33 percent).

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