Men's Basketball Recaps: Dec. 16
Grambling State 68, Southeastern Louisiana 67
HAMMOND, La. – A Drake Wilks jumper with five seconds remaining lifted the Grambling State men’s basketball team to a thrilling come-from-behind 68-67 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday afternoon at the University Center.
The Tigers (4-7) trailed 46-27 at the break and slowly rallied before cutting a double-digit deficit to single digits with less than 10 minutes remaining. Grambling State outscored Southeastern Louisiana, 16-8, over the final five minutes to pick up the win.
Anthony Gaston paced Grambling State with 18 points and three steals. Devante Jackson added 16 points, on 7-of-10 shooting, and 11 rebounds, while Ivy Smith registered 13 points, four assists and three rebounds.
Joshua Filmore led Southeastern Louisiana with 16 points and four boards. James Currington chipped in with 11 points, six rebounds, one block and one steal, while Jabbar Singleton added 11 points and two boards.
--Grambling State Sports Information
Winthrop 88, Alabama State 80
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Jacoby Ross paced three Alabama State players in double figures, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a big second half by Winthrop as the Eagles claimed an 88-80 victory at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome Saturday afternoon.
Ross scored a career-high 30 points, including the final 17 points of the game for the Hornets. The freshman finished the day shooting 71.4 (10-of-14) percent from the floor, including 62.5 (5-of-8) percent from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Reginald Gee finished with 17 and Tobi Ewuosho 12 for Alabama State (0-10).
Anders Broman led Winthrop (6-4), the fifth NCAA Tournament team from a season ago that the Hornets have faced, with 19 points on seven three-pointers (all in the second half). He led four other players in double figures as Bjorn Broman added 18 as the duo combined for 37 on the day.
The Hornets scored the first five points of the contest and never trailed in the first half, pushing the lead to 10 (29-19) on a jumper from Jacoby Ross with 5:59 to play in the opening stanza. The biggest run of the first half came over a four-minute stretch beginning at 8:14 on a pair Reginald Gee free throws to push the lead to 20-16 that ignited an 11-3 run for the Hornets, ending with a Ross jumper with 5:59 to play in the half.
--Alabama State Sports Information
Akron 81, Mississippi Valley State 63
AKRON, OH – It was a tale of two halves in the James A. Rhodes Arena. In the opening half, the Delta Devils were outpaced 42-25 by Akron. The first started promising on a layup by Emmanuel Ejeh at 19:41 to take MVSU up 2-0. The Delta Devils were able to hold the Zips scoreless until the 18:06 mark, where Jimond Ivey knocked down a three-point basket.
Mississippi Valley shot just 33.3 percent in the opening half, as they landed 9-of-27 baskets. MVSU didn’t fare well on three-pointers in the first 20-minutes of play, shooting 16.7 percent (1-of-6).
The Delta Devils led the Zips on a chase that ended with a second-half score of 38-39, in favor of Akron.
MVSU improved on their field goals, shooting for 48.9 percent. The one-point margin from the second and the 17 from the first, allowed the Zips to close the contest with an 18-point victory.
Dante Scott led the Delta Devils with 14-points, seven-rebounds and two assists, while Jordan Evans added 12-points and two steals. Emmanuel Ejeh finished with seven rebounds and six-points for Mississippi Valley.
--Mississippi Valley State Sports Information
UAB 90, Alabama A&M 58
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Alabama A&M men's basketball team (0-11) dropped a 90-58 decision to UAB (7-4) on Saturday Afternoon at the Birmingham Jam inside of Legacy Arena.
Senior Guard Julian Walters, in his second appearance of the season, led the team across the board with 15 points, six boards, five assists and four steals. Classmate Marcus Merriweather added 12 points and three assists, while Junior Andre Kennedy added eight points respectively. UAB was led by Nate Darling, who converted 14-of-17 for 20 points, while contributing six rebounds. Zack Bryant posted 14 points for the Blazers.
After falling behind 6-0 at the start, a jumper from Walters put the Bulldogs on the board. The Blazers went up 11-2 when Arthur Johnson hit a jumper to cut the deficit to seven. UAB would then respond with a 17-3 run to go up 21 points, 28-7, with 09:24 on the clock. The Bulldogs were able to get back within 16 after Walters drained a three-pointer with 8:19 remaining in the first half. However, the Blazers would continue to dominate offensively as they secured a 46-22 advantage at halftime.
The Bulldogs opened up the second half with on a 4-0 run after a dunk from Kennedy and layup from De'Ederick Petty. Although AAMU's momentum proved to be up, they were unable to keep up with the Blazer's pace as UAB secured the 90-58 victory.
In the second half, the Bulldogs shot 58.33 percent (14-of-24) compared to UAB's 57.14 percent (16-of-28).
--Alabama A&M Sports Information
Wyoming 72, Texas Southern 66
LARAMIE, WY – The Texas Southern Tigers took a five-point lead into halftime at 35-30 but they were unable to keep the momentum in the second half as they fell to Wyoming 72-66 on the road.
Demontrae Jefferson tallied a game high 27 points as he shot 9-of-20 from the field.
Donte Clark and Robert Lewis added 11 and 10 points respectively.
TSU was outscored 42-31 in the second half as they shot 36 percent from the field while limiting Wyoming to shooting 38 percent.
--Texas Southern Sports Information
Weber State 96, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 74
OGDEN, UT – Jerrick Harding scored 30 points and three other Wildcats scored in double figures as Weber State opened a six-game homestand with a 96-74 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Saturday night at the Dee Events Center.
Weber State led by 11 at halftime but the 'Cats opened the second half on a 33-12 run to blow the game open. The Wildcats shot 61 percent from the field, second-highest of the season, and was 11 of 22 from 3-point range. Weber State also outrebounded the Golden Lions 36-31 and had 22 assists on 31 field goals.
Harding had 18 of his 30 points in the second half, despite only playing eight minutes in the second half. He finished the game 9 of 13 shooting, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range, and was 8 of 9 from the free throw line. He also had two assists, two rebounds and one steal as he reached 30 points for the second time this season.
Ryan Richardson added 16 points and also knocked down four 3-pointers while Zach Braxton had 14 points on 5 of 6 shooting and Jordan Dallas added 10 points off the bench.
The Golden Lions (0-12), who are starting their first 17 games away from home, received a team-high 27 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field and seven assists from Martaveous McKnight. Trent Steen scored 18 points.
--Weber State Sports Information contributed to this report.