Alabama State 63, Mississippi Valley State 46
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama State claimed their second consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) victory Saturday night, with a 63-46 victory over Mississippi Valley State University at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
Alabama State (2-13, 2-1 SWAC) was able to pull away late due to a team-effort of hitting boards and not allowing any easy baskets for the Delta Devils. The Hornets won the rebounding battle, 57-48, and blocked nine shots on the night – both season highs for the program.
Branden Johnson was one point away from notching his second consecutive double-double with nine points and a career-high 15 rebounds (13 on the defensive end), and blocked a pair of shots. Fellow post player Fausto Pichardo recorded a career 14 rebounds (13 on the defensive end), with three assists and three blocked shots.
Reginald Gee led Alabama State with 16 points, six rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots on the night. Rodney Simeon added 12 off the bench, while Jacoby Ross scored 11 and dished out a pair of assists.
The Hornets shot 40.4 (21-of-52) percent from the floor and just 17.9 (5-of-28) from beyond the arc, while shooting 64 (16-of-25) percent from the free throw line.
Meanwhile, Jordan Evans led Mississippi Valley State (0-15, 0-2 SWAC) with 16 points, while the Delta Devils shot 22.2 (16-of-72) percent from the floor and 21.4 (3-of-14) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 55 (11-of-20) percent from the free throw line.
–Alabama State Strategic Communications
Southern 80, Grambling State 69
BATON ROUGE, LA. – Drake Wilks led three Grambling State University men’s basketball players in double figures, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell behind by as many as 23 points in the second half in falling to Southern, 80-69, in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game on Saturday at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.
Grambling State (4-12 overall, 0-3 SWAC) trailed 39-21 at the break and 50-27 with 15:33 remaining. The Tigers nearly climbed all the way back and cut the deficit to 74-69 with 59 seconds left, but Southern (5-11, 1-2) was able to seal the game at the free-throw line.
Drake Wilks paced the Tigers with 18 points, on 7-of-9 shooting and four 3-pointers. He also added five rebounds, two steals and one assist. Shirmane Thomas chipped in 15 points, including three 3-pointers, with five boards, two assists and one steal. Ivy Smith, Jr. finished with 12 points, five assists, three rebounds and one steal.
Jared Sam registered a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Southern. Jamar Sandifer tallied 18 points and five boards, while Sidney Umude added 12 points, with eight of them coming at the free-throw line.
–Grambling State Sports Information
Jackson State 60, Alcorn State 55
LORMAN, MS – The Alcorn State University men’s basketball program battled toe-to-toe with Jackson State but just couldn’t get make enough plays to get over the hump Saturday as the Tigers came out on top 60-55 at the Davey L. Whitney Complex.
The Braves (4-12, 0-3 SWAC) were paced by senior A.J. Mosby who ended with 16 points. Sophomore Maurice Howard also scored in double-figures off the bench with 12 points. Sophomore Tyler Carter pulled down a career-high eight rebounds to go along with his six points.
The Tigers (6-10, 3-0 SWAC) were guided by Maurice Rivers who registered 15 points and eight rebounds. Treshawn Bolden and Jesse Love totaled 10 points apiece.
The game was tied 7-7 when JSU went on an 11-0 run to leap in front 18-7 at the 11:53 mark. The Braves fired back with a 7-0 spurt which included an old-fashion three-point play by freshman Troymain Crosby to cut the deficit to 18-14 with 9:42 left.
The Tigers scored the next five points to go back up 23-14, but a pair of free throws by junior Dante Sterling and a three-pointer by Howard trimmed it back down to 26-23 with 2:42 to go. JSU carried a 29-26 edge at the break.
JSU scored the first seven points of the second half to stay ahead 33-26 with 18:04 remaining. A long-range shot by Mosby changed the score to 37-33 at the 15:45 mark. Though, the Tigers were able to take advantage of turnovers and extend their lead to 51-41 with 8:13 left.
The Braves kept battling and got the deficit down to 58-53 after a lay-up by sophomore Yalen Reed with 1:05 to go. However, Alcorn ran out of time before it could get any closer, and the Tigers were able to grab offensive rebounds on missed free throws to secure it.
–Alcorn State Sports Information
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 69, Alabama A&M 62
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Martaveous McKnight poured in a game-high 29 points on 10-of-18 shooting with six rebounds and five steals as he played all 40 minutes in leading the Golden Lions (2-14, 2-0 SWAC) to a second straight SWAC victory.
Travon Harper added 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and 9-of-11 from the free throw line to go along with six rebounds and two blocks.
The UAPB defense has able to force 21 Bulldog turnovers as it shot 45 percent from the floor as a team.
Marcus Merriweather scored 15 points to lead Alabama A&M (1-15, 1-2 SWAC).
Texas Southern 100, Prairie View A&M 94
HOUSTON, TX – Five Tigers scored in double figures with the backcourt of Demontrae Jefferson (23 points) and Derrick Bruce (22 points) combining for 45 points.
Jefferson picked up more than half his points from the free throw line by making 12-of-18 from the charity stripe while Bruce was hot from 3-point range, making 6-of-12 from downtown.
Marquis Salmon registered a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds and added three blocks while Donte Clark scored 14 and Lamont Walker added 12 for Texas Southern (3-13, 3-0 SWAC), who have won three straight.
The Panthers (5-12, 2-1 SWAC) had their three-game winning streak snapped. Prairie View A&M was led by Gary Blackston’s 24 points and six rebounds and Zachary Hamilton added 18 points.