SWAC Men’s Basketball Recaps – December 22

Men’s Basketball Recaps – December 22
Courtesy SWAC.org
Thu, December 22, 2016

Courtesy SWAC.org
Thu, December 22, 2016
Alcorn State 83, Rust College 68
BOX SCORELORMAN, Miss. – Reginal Johnson and A.J. Mosby both registered double-doubles as Alcorn State dropped Rust College 83-68 on Thursday afternoon to snap a six-game skid.

Both players netted 19 points apiece, as five players scored in double-figures. Johnson pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds, while Mosby grabbed a career-high 10 boards. Mosby also flirted with a triple-double with a career-high seven assists. He drilled five three-pointers in the contest.

The Bearcats came out hot and jumped out to a quick 8-3 lead. It was their only lead of the game as the Braves answered with an 11-0 run to go up 14-8. Rust kept it close and cut the deficit to 25-24, but Alcorn responded with an 8-0 run to surge ahead 38-29 and controlled the game from there, as the Braves led by as many as 20.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information

George Mason 75, Prairie View A&M 59

FAIRFAX, Va. – A 21-point outing by Zachary Johnson was not enough for Prairie View to upend George Mason, as the Panthers fell 75-59 to the Patriots.

Early scoring by Thompson and Hamilton staked Prairie View A&M to a 5-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. George Mason scored the next five points to tie the score with 15:29 to play in the first half. The teams traded baskets with three ties over the next seven minutes, with the final tie at 15-15 on a three-pointer by Thompson with 8:21 to play in the first half.

However, a 10-0 Patriots’ run led to 37-21 halftime margin. The Panthers got no closer than 13.

Troy Thompson and Tevin Bellinger each scored 11 for the Panthers, with Thompson adding a pair of blocked shots, and Bellinger adding four steals.

Courtesy: Prairie View A&M Sports Information

Bowling Green 74, Alabama A&M 61

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – SWAC Player of the Week Quinterian McConico posted a second-straight double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for Alabama A&M as the Bulldogs dropped a 74-61 game at Bowling Green.

The Bulldogs,  trailed 21-16 midway through the first half, before going on a 10-2 run to take a 26-23 lead with about four minutes to play.  Bowling Green responded with 15-4 run to close out the half with a 38-30 lead.

The Falcons opened the second half with an 14-3 run and a 52-33 lead with 15 minutes to go in the game. AAMU would get no closer than nine the rest of the way.

Rakiya Battle had a game-high seven assists and added eight rebounds and De’Ederick Petty scored 14 points with six rebounds.

Courtesy: Alabama A&M Sports Information

Ball State 73, Alabama State 48

MUNCIE, Ind. – Alabama State struggled to find their shooting touch as the Hornets lost at Ball State 73-48 on John E. Worthen Court on Thursday night.

Alabama State (1-10) shot just 30 percent from the floor and failed to crack 50 points in a game for the third straight outing. The Hornets got within four after a Reginald Gee basket pulled ASU within 23-19 with 3:05 remaining in the first half, but the Cardinals (8-4) closed out the half on a strong note to lead 31-20 at halftime.

Demetrius Houston made a jumper to cut the lead to seven with 17:25 left in the second half, but that’s as close as ASU would get.

Tony Armstrong was impressive in defeat for Alabama State as the forward made 6-of-11 from the floor to lead the Hornets with 12 points, nine rebounds, two steals and one block.

Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information

Drake 101, Mississippi Valley 69

DES MOINES, Iowa – Mississippi Valley State struggled to slow down Drake in a 101-69 loss on Thursday night.

The Delta Devils, still in search of their first win, allowed the Bulldogs to shoot 52.9 percent, hit 17 total 3s, and dish out 27 team assists for its 36 field goals.

MVSU kept close to Drake early on, but Drake managed to put together a 22-4 run to turn an 18-15 lead into a 40-19 advantage. The Delta Devils went into the half down 49-31, and was unable to recover.

Rashaan Surles had 21 points to lead Mississippi Valley State. Isaac Williams added 15, and Darrell Riley and Tajay Henry each scored 10.

Grand Canyon 89, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 49

PHOENIX, Ariz. – A lack of offense early stunted Arkansas-Pine Bluff in an 89-49 loss at Grand Canyon on Thursdaynight.

UAPB got out to an early 9-7 lead, thanks to two jumpers from Trent Steen. From there, the GCU offense and defense came alive after that, eventually pushing ahead 22-17 with 7:15 left before intermission. At that point, the Golden Lion attack was nonexistent, as GCU scored 20 unanswered points to take a 42-17 lead to the lockers.

UAPB only hit 30.8 percent from the field in the first half, while hitting just 1-of-8 attempts from downtown. The Lions got no closer than 23 from that point.

Charles Jackson led UAPB with 13. JoeRandle Toliver adde