Men's Basketball Recaps: Jan. 29
Grambling State 92, Mississippi Valley State 89 (OT)
ITTA BENA, MS – The Grambling State University men’s basketball team led by as many as 18 points in the first half, but had to survive regulation before holding off Mississippi Valley State, 92-89 in overtime, in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game on Monday night at the R.W. Harrison Complex.
Grambling State (10-12 overall, 6-3 SWAC) seemed to be in cruise control in the first half and led by as many as 18 points before taking a 46-32 advantage into the break. Mississippi Valley State (1-21, 1-8), which came into the game off its first win on Saturday, out-scored the Tigers in the second half, 42-28, to force overtime with the score tied at 74. In the extra period, it was a free throw by Nigel Ribeiro that helped seal the win as Dante Scott missed a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Tigers their sixth straight win.
Ivy Smith, Jr. nearly finished with a double-double as he led Grambling State with 26 points, nine rebounds, five assists, one block and one steal. Ribeiro came off the bench to provide 20 points, on 6-of-11 shooting and 8-of-10 from the foul line. He also added five assists, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jason Perry-Murray tallied 12 points, five boards, one block and one steal.
Jordan Evans led Mississippi Valley State with 28 points, six assists and four boards, while Dante Scott registered 19 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal. Nate Nahimy recorded 15 points, including two 3-pointers and LaCurtis Allen tallied 10 points, four boards and one assist. Arinze Anakwenze finished with 10 rebounds and two points.
--Grambling State Sports Information
Texas Southern 97, Alabama State 82
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama State redshirt freshman Austin Rogers had a career night for Alabama State, but it wasn’t enough to overcome three Texas Southern players in double figures as the Hornets dropped a 97-82 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) contest at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
Rogers scored in double figures for the first time in his career with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor, while also grabbing five rebounds for Alabama State (3-18, 3-6 SWAC).
Jacoby Ross, making his first collegiate start, led the Hornets with 17 points; while Reginald Gee added 16 points, six rebounds and three assists. Branden Johnson overcame early foul trouble to finish with 10 points and four rebounds for Alabama State, who shot 45.1 (32-of-71) percent from the floor and 31.6 (6-of-19) percent from beyond the arc.
They also shot 63.2 (12-of-19) percent from the free throw line.
Donte Clark led Texas Southern (6-16, 6-3 SWAC) with 30 points and five rebounds, while Derrick Bruce added 25. Clark finished the night a perfect 11-for-11 from the free for the Tigers who shot 75 (36-of-48) percent from the charity stripe.
Marquis Salmon, who had a double-double at half, finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds for Texas Southern, who finished the night shooting 48.2 (27-of-56) percent from the floor and 46.7 (7-of-15) percent from beyond the arc.
--Alabama State Strategic Communications
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 60, Jackson State 58
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The Golden Lions (8-15, 8-1 SWAC) rallied back from a 15-point halftime deficit to outscore the Tigers 36-19 in the second half to win their eighth game in their last nine on Monday night at the H.O. Clemmons Arena.
Chace Franklin and Darius Austin scored 16 points apiece for the Tigers (9-13, 6-3 SWAC) who have dropped three straight after starting the season 6-0 in conference play.
Prairie View A&M 88, Alabama A&M 67
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Gary Blackston made 10-of-21 from the field and was a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw to total 32 points with five assists and Dennis Jones added 18 points and six assists off the bench as the visiting Panthers picked up another road win at the T.M. Elmore Gymnasium on Monday night.
Prairie View A&M (8-15, 5-4 SWAC) shot 51 percent from the floor including 59 percent in the second half.
Evan Wiley had 16 points to lead the Bulldogs (2-20, 2-7 SWAC).