Men's Basketball Recaps: Jan. 3
Prairie View A&M 78, Southern 74
PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – The Prairie View A&M men’s basketball team remained undefeated in Southwestern Athletic Conference play with a 78-74 win over Southern Wednesday night in the William J. Nicks Building.
Gary Blackston scored a team-high 24 points and added four rebounds as the Panthers (5-11 overall, 2-0 SWAC) win back-to-back games to open conference play since opening 3-0 in 2010.
Zachary Hamilton scored 18 points, Austin Starr added 14 points with five rebounds and six assists, and four steals, and Dennis Jones scored 11 points with three rebounds, five assists, and five steals.
There were seven ties and six lead changes in the game. After the final tie of the half at 26-26 with just over nine minutes to play in the first half, the Panthers went on a 20-5 run to end the half. A three-pointer by Hamilton started the run and his three before halftime ended the spurt as Prairie View A&M led 46-31 at halftime.
The teams traded baskets to open the second half, as Blackston’s three-pointer gave the Panthers their largest lead of the game at 49-33 less than a minute into the second half.
After Southern (4-11, 0-2) gradually erased the deficit and tied the score at 60-60 with just over eight minutes to play, a Jones layup put the Panthers back in front, starting a series of plays in which the lead changed hands. After a three-point play gave Southern the lead, two free throws by Hamilton put PVAMU back in front 64-63 with 6:56 remaining.
Following a basket by the Jaguars, a pair of free throws by Blackston put the Panthers ahead to stay at 66-65 with 6:03 remaining. The lead eventually increased to six at 75-69 on a pair of Blackston free throws with 2:25 to play, and Prairie View A&M would not lead by less the four points down the stretch.
--Prairie View A&M Sports Information
Alabama State 74, Grambling State 66
GRAMBLING, La. – Trailing by seven at halftime, Alabama State took their first lead of the second half with under six minutes to play and ran past Grambling State 74-66 in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) play Wednesday night at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Branden Johnson led Alabama State (1-13, 1-1 SWAC) with his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, including six offensive rebounds. Jacoby Ross led Alabama State with 14 points, while Reginald Gee added 11 and Ed Jones 10 in the win.
The Hornets shot 34.3 (23-of-67) percent from the floor and 25.0 (7-of-28) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 70 (21-of-30) percent from the free throw line.
Alabama State trailed for over 20 minutes and as last as 6:22 to play in the game until a lay-up by Ross tied the game at 57-all with 5:05 remaining. The Hornets took their first lead of the half when Johnson grabbed an offensive rebound and put the ball back up with 4:33 to play for a 59-57 lead.
The lead was pushed to four on a lay-up by Jones with 3:53 to play, and after Grambling State pulled to within a pair of 3:39 to play, Ross extended the lead to six at 66-60 with 2:18 to play. Grambling State could only get as close as four as Gee put the lead to 68-62 on a pair of free throws with 1:57 to play. Another pair of free throws from Tobi Ewuosho with 1:15 to play extended the lead to 70-62 that proved too much for the Tigers to overcome.
Ivy Smith, Jr. led Grambling State (4-11, 0-2 SWAC) with 17 points and five rebounds, also adding four steals and three assists. Anthony Gaston added 13 and Axel Mpoyo added 13.
The Tigers shot 39.6 (21-of-53) percent from the floor and 20 (3-of-15) percent from beyond the arc, and 60 (21-of-35) percent from the free throw line, while turning the ball over 19 times.
-Alabama State Sports Information
Jackson State 59, Alabama A&M 56
JACKSON, MS – The Alabama A&M University men's basketball team came back from an 8-point deficit in the first half and trailed just 30-26 at halftime, but were unable to secure the victory as they fell to Jackson State on the road, 59-56, on Wednesday evening. With the loss, the Bulldogs, who were coming off a 71-64 win at Grambling State on Monday, fall 1-14 on the season, 1-1 in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) play while the Tigers move to 5-10 overall, 2-0 in league play.
The back-and-forth game featured four lead changes and five ties. Jackson State led 14-8 with 10:50 left in the first half before Alabama A&M went on an 18-12 run, sparked by De'Ederick Petty, with a three-pointer, which sliced the Tigers' lead to 30-26 before intermission. Jackson State extended their lead to 44-36, with 13:06 left in the second half. The Bulldogs battled back with an 8-0 run and cut the Tigers deficit to two, 46-44, with 10:37 remaining. Alabama A&M took their first lead of the half, 56-55, when Tracy Burnett drove in for the layup. After the Bulldogs gained the lead with 2:14 on the clock, the Tigers hit a layup with 1:42 left, giving Jackson State a 57-56 lead and made a pair of free throws with 23 seconds left for a 59-56 lead. Petty's last second three-point attempt caromed off the backboard as the time expired.
The Bulldogs held a slim 33-29 edge in rebounds, while topping the Tigers 4-1 in fast break scoring. Jackson State outshot AAMU 43 percent to 40 percent from the field, and 32 percent to 27 from the three-point range. The Tigers were 9-of-12 (75 percent) from the free throw line while the Bulldogs connected on 10-of-12 (83 percent). Arthur Johnson led the Bulldogs in scoring with 11 points and totaled three rebounds and three assists. Andre Kennedy tallied 10 points and led with a team-high five rebounds.
--Alabama A&M Sports Information
Texas Southern 85, Alcorn State 70
HOUSTON, TX – Five Tigers reached double figures in points as reigning SWAC Player of the Week Derrick Bruce stayed hot with a 25-point, seven rebound performance. Trayvon Reed notched a double-double with 17 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Donte Clark tallied 13 points, Cainan McClelland had 12 points and Brian Carey scored 10.
Texas Southern (2-13, 2-0 SWAC) held a heavy advantage in rebounds over the Braves 45-18.
A.J. Mosby and Devon Brewer had 14 points apiece to lead Alcorn State (4-11, 0-2 SWAC).