Men's Basketball Recaps: Jan. 8
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 94, Alabama State 68
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Jacoby Ross paced three players in double figures for Alabama State, but it wasn’t enough as Arkansas-Pine Bluff was able to pull away for a 94-68 victory over the Hornets at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) play Monday night.
Ross poured in 23 points off the bench for Alabama State (2-14, 2-2 SWAC), including shooting 50 (5-of-10) percent from the floor and connected on 10-of-12 free throws on the night. Rodney Simeon added 12 for the Hornets, while Branden Johnson converted his second double-double in three games (third of his career) with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Martaveous McKnight led all scorers with 24 for UAPB (3-14, 3-0 SWAC), while Terrance Banyard added 20 off the bench for the Golden Lions.
UAPB raced out to an 8-0 lead, but Alabama State responded with a 17-3 run in the first half to take a 17-9 lead on a three-pointer from Simeon. However, from there, it was all Golden Lions as they finished the night shooting 57.9 (33-of-57) percent from the floor and 59.1 (13-of-22) percent from beyond the arc.
--Alabama State Strategic Communications
Jackson State 65, Southern 61
BATON ROUGE, LA. – Lemmie Howard scored seven of his 12 points in the final four minutes and Maurice Rivers made 4 of 4 free throws in the closing seconds to help Jackson State beat Southern 65-61 on Monday night.
Rivers finished with 14 points and three blocks, and Julian Daughtry added 13 points for Jackson State (7-10, 4-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference). Rivers made just 3 of 11 from the field, but hit 7 of 8 free throws.
Emanual Shepherd hit a jumper to give Southern (5-12, 1-3) a 13-point lead about 3 1/2 minutes into the second half. The Tigers answered with a 14-3 run over the next seven minutes to trim their deficit to 46-44 before Jesse Love and Jordan Berry each hit a 3 to make it 54-all with four minutes left. Howard made a 3-pointer to break the tie and give JSU its first lead and then, after Sidney Umude’s putback for the Jaguars, converted a 3-point play to extend it to 60-56.
Jared Sam made a jumper to pull Southern within one point with 16 seconds left, but Rivers’s free throws sealed it.
Sam hit all of his season-high 14 free-throw attempts and finished with 22 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds for the Jaguars.
Jackson State shot 37.7 percent from the field, but hit 10 of 22 3-pointers and committed just six turnovers.
Jackson State is 4-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
-Jackson State Sports Information
Grambling State 72, Alcorn State 61
LORMAN, MS – The Grambling State University men’s basketball team used a strong second half as the Tigers picked up their first Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) win on Monday night, defeating Alcorn State, 72-61, at the Davey L. Whitney Complex.
Grambling State (5-12 overall, 1-3 SWAC) trailed 33-31 at the half, but turned it on in the second half, outscoring Alcorn State, 41-28, to pick up the victory.
Anthony Gaston paced Grambling State with 16 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Ivy Smith, Jr. added 15 points, four boards, four assists and two steals. Shirmane Thomas registered 13 points and six boards, while Jason Perry-Murray recorded a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Dante Sterling led Alcorn State with 14 points, while Yalen Reed added 12 points and seven boards. Troymain Crosby finished with 10 points and six boards and Maurice Howard chipped in with 10 points.
--Grambling State Sports Information
Alabama A&M 65, Mississippi Valley State 55
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Julian Walters had 14 points and six rebounds and Arthur Johnson added 13 points as the Bulldogs shot 45 percent from the floor and knocked down 16-of-18 from the free throw line to pick up the home conference win.
Alabama A&M (2-15, 2-2 SWAC) led 30-23 at halftime and shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half.
The Delta Devils (0-16, 0-3 SWAC) received 11 points piece from Jeffrey Lewis and Lorenzo Hunt.