SWAC MBB Quarterfinals: TXSO shoots down ALST
#3 Texas Southern 90, #6 Alabama State 76
HOUSTON, TX. – The host Tigers’ sizzling second half shooting performance opened it up as Texas Southern made 65 percent of their shots from the field to ease past the visiting Hornets at the H&PE Arena in a quarterfinal match up on Tuesday night.
Tied at 44 with 16:26 remaining, TSU (13-19) went on a quick strike 14-0 run in a little over a two-minute span to take control of the game. Marquis Salmon began the run with a pair of free throws and Derrick Bruce and Demontrae Jefferson each followed with a 3-pointer.
Donte Clark scored on a lay in and then Clark completed a four-point play on a 3-pointer made with a free throw to make it 58-44 with 14:10 left in regulation.
Clark shot 7-of-11 from the field including 3-of-3 from 3-point range and 13-of-16 at the charity stripe to notch a team-high 30 points and five rebounds while playing the full 40 minutes.
Jefferson closed with 24 points and seven assists, Salmon ended with 13 points and 13 rebounds and Bruce added 12 points, six rebounds and two steals.
Alabama State (8-23) received a team-high 30 points from Reginald Gee, who shot 12-of-21 from the field and was 3-of-7 from downtown.
Texas Southern will advance to play #2 Prairie View A&M at the Delmar Fieldhouse in Houston on Friday at 8:30 p.m. in a semifinal match up.