Southern Illinois 69, Jackson State 51
CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Jackson State men’s basketball team fell 69-51 to the Southern Illinois Salukis Wednesday night.
Paris Collins led the Tigers with a 15-point scoring effort, going 5-of-14 from the field and 3-of-6 from three-point range. He also pulled down four rebounds and finished with a game-high four steals. Maurice Rivers just missed out on posting his second straight double-double as he finished with 10 points and nine rebounds to go along with a pair of steals. Jeremiah Bozeman scored nine points, going 7-8 from the free throw line.
Kavion Pippen and Armon Fletcher each scored 24 points for SIU.
In the game, which was tied eight times and had eight lead changes, the Tigers held an early two-point lead. JSU was held to 25.4 percent shooting for the game (17-67) and 27.3 percent shooting from three-point range (6-22). The Salukis shot 52.4 percent from the field (22-42) and 23.1 percent in threes (3-13). SIU also shot 78.6 percent from the free throw line (22-28). SIU also out-rebounded JSU 41-36.
JSU did force 19 SIU turnovers, while committing only 10.
-Jackson State Sports Information
Southern Miss 69, Alabama A&M 54
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Alabama A&M University men’s basketball team put up a valiant effort in the second half, but ultimately fell to Southern Miss in a non-conference matchup at home by a final score of 69-54, Wednesday night at Elmore Gym. The Golden Eagles improve to a 6-4 overall record, while the Bulldogs drop to 0-10.
Southern Miss went 46.6 percent (27-58) from the field, 33.3 percent (6-18) from three-point range and 81.8 percent (9-11) from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs shot 34.0 percent (18-53) from the floor, 25.0 percent (6-24) from behind the arc and 66.7 percent (12-18) from the free throw line. The Bulldogs won the rebound battle 35-34. Senior Julian Walters led the Bulldogs with his 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists in his season debut. Classmate Marcus Merriweather contributed 10 points as he went 100 percent (5-5) from the free throw line, and Junior Arthur Johnson led the Bulldogs with nine rebounds while adding six points. AAMU trailed by 21 points at halftime, 44-23. The Bulldogs shot poorly in the half, going 10-for-30 from the field and allowed the Golden Eagles to make 16-of-30 shots in the half that included five three-pointers.
The Bulldogs cut the deficit to 12 points, 59-47, in the second half after a Merriweather three-pointer. The teams would trade points before a Walters’ layup would put the Bulldogs within ten, 61-51, with 04:52 remaining on the clock. It would be the closest that the Bulldogs would get as Southern Miss went on an 8-0 run from there and grabbed a 69-51 lead. AAMU tried to make a comeback by cutting the gap to 16 points, 69-53, on an Andre Kennedy jumper, but the Golden Eagles lead was insurmountable as the Bulldogs fell by 15.
-Alabama A&M Sports Information
Duquesne 73, Mississippi Valley State 49
PITTSBURGH, PA – Tarin Smith led four players in double figures with 16 points, as Duquesne extended its win streak to four with a 73-49 win over Mississippi Valley State at the Palumbo Center.
Mike Lewis II added 15 points, Rene Castro-Caneddy had 14 points and freshman Eric Williams Jr. recorded his fifth double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Dukes (6-3).
It marked the first time since December of 1968 that Duquesne has held back-to-back opponents under 50 points (DU defeated Delaware State, 97-48, on Saturday).
Duquesne, which led from the 10-minute mark of the first half on, held the Delta Devils (0-9) to 37.7 percent shooting, including 1-of-8 from the 3-point arc.
Freshman Tydus Verhoeven led the defensive charge with five blocked shots.
The Dukes, who assisted on 20 of 29 field goals, finished at 43.3 percent.
Duquesne shook off a cold-shooting start to put together a 10-0 run for a 17-10 lead. Castro-Caneddy and Lewis II hit 3-pointers during the run.
Smith hit a 3-pointer and followed that with a traditional three-point play and Castro-Caneddy hit a layup at the horn to give the Dukes a 34-20 halftime lead.
DU took a 47-30 lead on a Smith 3-pointer with 14:42 left and maintained at least a 14-point margin the rest of the way.
The Dukes, who turned it over just eight times, turned 16 MVSU turnovers into 20 points.
Fresno State 78, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 52
FRESNO, CALIF. – Martaveous McKnight scored a team-high 16 points and pulled down five rebounds, but the Golden Lions (0-11) were outgunned by the host Bulldogs (9-2), who shot 54 percent from the floor as a team at the Save Mart Center on Wednesday night.
Terrell Carter II led five Fresno State players in double digits for scoring with 19 while Sam Bittner added 15 points, Jahmel Taylor and Ray Bowles each scored 12 and Bryson Williams had 10 points.
The Bulldogs outscored the Golden Lions by 13 in each half and thrived from the 3-point line, making 10-of-23 from that range while UAPB shot just 4-of-17 from beyond the arc.
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