SWAC MBB Quarterfinals: PVAM charges past ALCN
#2 Prairie View A&M 87, #7 Alcorn State 71
PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – The Prairie View A&M men’s basketball team defeated Alcorn State 87-71 Tuesday in a SWAC Tournament opening round game in the William J. Nicks Babydome.
The #2 seed Panthers (16-17) will take on #3 seed Texas Southern (13-19) Friday in a SWAC Tournament semifinal game at 8:30 p.m. at Delmar Fieldhouse. Tickets are available online at www.swac.org.
For the second time this season, a pair of Panthers recorded double-doubles. J.D. Wallace posted his sixth career double-double with 16 points and 11 assists. Dennis Jones posted his third career double-double with 16 points and 14 assists.
For the third time this season and second time in the last three games, all five Panther starters were in double figures. Gary Blackston scored a game-high 21 points, Troy Thompson scored 18 points, and Zachary Hamilton 12 points with eight rebounds for the Prairie View A&M, which won its fifth straight game and for the 11th time in the last 13 games.
The Panthers led by as many as 13 in the first half before Alcorn (11-21) erased the advantage early in the second half and took a one-point lead at 45-44 less than four minutes into the second half.
Following the last tie at 47-all with 15:32 remaining, PVAMU outscored the Braves 40-24. A layup by Wallace put the Panthers up for good, 49-47, with under 15 minutes remaining. The lead eventually grew to double digits, as a three-pointer by Thompson, who tied a career-high with five three-pointers for the second time in three games, pushed the Panther lead to 67-56 with 7:15 remaining. Following an Alcorn basket, a Jones three-pointer pushed the lead back to double-digits at 70-58 with just 6:32 remaining.
--Prairie View A&M Sports Information