SWAC Men's Basketball Recaps - Nov. 13
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The reserves led the way for 24th-ranked Cincinnati in a win over Mississippi Valley State. Sean Kilpatrick scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half and Cheikh Mbodj had four of Cincinnati's seven blocks.
JaQuon Parker added 13 points for the Bearcats, who shot 53.7 percent and dominated the boards by a two-to-one margin. The 102 points were Cincinnati's most since a 105-69 win over North Carolina A&T on Dec. 30, 2005, under interim coach Andy Kennedy.
Davon Usher and Darryl Marshall scored 13 points apiece for MVSU (0-2).
The Bearcats (2-0) took control with a 23-4 run in the first half that featured a pair of 3-pointers by Cashmere Wright. The point guard had all of his 11 points and three assists in the take-control half.
Then, it was a matter of whether Cincinnati's bench could keep it going. The reserves did their part.
Mississippi Valley State kept it close for a few minutes, taking advantage of Cincinnati's opening cold spell. Usher's 3-pointer cut the Bearcats' lead to 14-10.
Cincinnati went on a 23-4 run behind Wright, who made a pair of long 3-pointers and a pull-up jumper. Wright also had the most impressive play of the opening half, a behind-the-back pass to Justin Jackson for a fast-break dunk.
The Bearcats led 43-23 at the half, which they dominated on the glass 32-16. The Delta Devils shot only 29.4 percent from the field.
Miami (OH) 80, Grambling 54
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- Reggie Johnson scored 20 points off the bench and Miami used a huge second-half surge to defeat Grambling State 80-54 Tuesday night and give new coach John Cooper his first victory with the Redhawks.
Trailing by seven early in the second half of a back-and-forth game, Miami (1-1) went on a 29-3 run highlighted by four 3-pointers.
The Tigers (0-3) cut the deficit to 13 on a Peter Roberson jumper with 7:48 left, but the RedHawks used a 12-2 run to pull away.
In the first half, Grambling State led 19-13 before the RedHawks scored 14 unanswered points.
Terry Rose, who led the Tigers with 20 points, scored the first 11 points of the second half. He knocked down three 3-pointers and hit two free throws to give the Grambling State a 34-27 lead.
Miami's Will Felder, Jon Harris and Allen Roberts had 12 points apiece and Bill Edwards 11.
Central Florida 85, Alabama State 56
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Isaiah Sykes had 23 points and Keith Clanton scored 20 as Central Florida beat Alabama State 85-56 Tuesday night in nonconference action.
UCF (2-0) shot 36 of 65 for the game and led by as many as 41 points in the second half.
The 6-foot-5 Sykes used his size advantage to repeatedly drive the ball to the basket against the outmanned Hornets. He hit 10 of 14 shots and had seven assists.
Clanton overpowered the Hornets big men around the basket, scoring most of his points on layups and dunks. He was 9 of 10 from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Luther Page led Alabama State (0-3) with 11 points and five rebounds. Joshua Freelove added 10 points.
Sykes had eight points and an assist in the last seven minutes of the first half as the Knights went on a 17-3 run to open up a 40-25 halftime lead.
#14 Missouri 91, Alcorn State 54
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Phil Pressey scored 21 points and Laurence Bowers added 14 -- all in the second half -- to help No. 14 Missouri rout Alcorn State on Tuesday night in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
After a rough first half, the Tigers (2-0) pulled away from the Braves. Missouri made just nine of its 39 attempts before the break and held a seven-point halftime advantage thanks to Pressey's deep 3-pointer with three seconds left.
Bowers hit three 3-pointers in the second half to help Missouri take command. The Tigers used an 18-3 run after the half to blow the game open.
LeAntwan Luckett scored 14 points and Anthony Nieves added 13 for Alcorn State (1-1), which struggled from poor shooting of its own. The Braves only shot 30.6 percent for the game, including 9 of 31 in the first half.
Bowers and Pressey were the only players on the court who had worn a Missouri uniform prior to this season as Michael Dixon watched his second consecutive game from the bench, suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Dixon also missed both of the team's exhibition games, and coach Frank Haith has declined to specify a timetable for his return.
Alcorn State, out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, went 10-22 in coach Luther Riley's first season in 2011-12, a six-win improvement from the Braves' previous season. The team was picked to finish eighth out of 10 teams in the SWAC this season by conference coaches.
Bowers went 3 of 4 from behind the arc, his first 3-pointers since the 2009-10 season after going 0 for 8 in 2010-11 and missing last season recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Bowers scored eight consecutive points five minutes into the second half to give the Tigers a 56-31 advantage, capped by a two-handed dunk off a pass from Pressey.
Missouri won its 67th consecutive home game against a non-conference opponent dating back to the 2005-06 opener.
Northwestern 79, Texas Southern 49
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Northwestern senior guard Drew Crawford's hot start sparked the Wildcats, as his game-high 20 points, all in the first half, propelled them to a 79-49 win in their season opener against Texas Southern Tuesday night.
Crawford scored 5 seconds into the game off the opening tip and never let up, hitting 8 of 9 shots in the first half including four 3-pointers.
The Wildcats' defense pressured Texas Southern (0-2) the entire game, aided by five players 6-foot-8 or taller which limited the Tigers' effectiveness in the post. Texas Southern failed to crack double digits until forward Aaron Clayborn's layup with 3:15 left in the first half, but that barely put a dent in Northwestern's 40-11 lead.
Ten players scored for Northwestern, led by Crawford and freshman Kale Abrahamson, who added 15 points including two deep 3-pointers that brought the fans at Welsh-Ryan Arena to their feet.
Prairie View 61, Arlington Baptist 30
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) -- Josh Eleby had 15 points to lead five Prairie View A&M players in double figures as the Panthers overwhelmed Arlington Baptist 91-38 on Tuesday night.
All 12 players who saw action for Prairie View A&M (2-1) scored. Jules Montgomery and Louis Munks had 13 points each, Rasi Jenkins 12 and Jourdan DeMuynck 11.
Josh Green scored 12 points for Arlington Baptist, an Association of Christian College Athletics member school that classified the game as an exhibition. The Patriots' record remained 1-1.
The Panthers shot 54.7 percent (41 of 75) from the floor, had a 53-39 rebounding edge and outscored Arlington Baptist 62-26 in the paint.