Philander Smith 97, Cent. Arkansas 90

Ken Brown scored 28 points to lead NAIA Philander Smith to a

97-90 victory against Central Arkansas on Wednesday night.

Brandon Bell scored 23 points and Damarkus Lipscomb 20 for the

Panthers (1-3), who beat Central Arkansas for the second time in 15

meetings between the schools. The first victory was in 1985, when

the Bears’ leading scorer was a forward named Scottie Pippen.

LaQuentin Miles had 26 points and Ryan Williams 13 for the Bears

(0-3), who wasted a 55-48 halftime lead and went 6 for 20 from the

free-throw line in the second half.

A 23-11 run over a 6:28 span in the second half culminated with

Bell’s 3-pointer that gave the Panthers a 71-68 lead. Philander

Smith, which is located in Little Rock, Ark., never trailed

afterward.