Men's Basketball Recaps: March 1
Grambling State 84, Alabama A&M 74 (OT)
HUNTSVILLE, ALA. – Ivy Smith, Jr. and DeVante Jackson put up career highs in points as the Grambling State University men’s basketball team rallied from nine down in the final three minutes to force overtime and defeat Alabama A&M, 84-74, to capture a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) regular season championship on Thursday night at T.M. Elmore Gymnasium.
Grambling State (16-14 overall, 12-5 SWAC) came into the game one-game up over idle Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Thursday with an opportunity to clinch its first SWAC regular season crown in 30 years (1988-89). With one game remaining in the regular season for both teams (Grambling State at Alabama State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff hosting Mississippi Valley State), the worst the Tigers would finish is a tie for the top spot and a share of the conference crown.
Smith led all scorers with a career-high 32 points, including a clutch 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. He also added nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Jackson tallied a career-high 22 points, on 7-of-13 shooting, with five boards, three blocks and two assists. Jason Perry-Murray registered 12 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and one assist.
De’Ederick Petty and Andre Kennedy paced Alabama A&M (2-28, 2-15) with 13 points each. Arthur Johnson chipped in 12 points, six boards, two steals and two assists.
--Grambling State Sports Information
Alabama State 62, Jackson State 60
MONTGOMERY, ALA. – Branden Johnson finished with a career-high six blocked shots Thursday night against Jackson State, but none bigger than his final block in 62-60 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) victory over the Tigers at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome Thursday night.
After Tobi Ewuohso converted on one of two free throws with seven seconds remaining in the game, Jackson State rushed down the court with a chance to tie the game. Jeremiah Bozeman found his way to the basket and attempted to tie the game, however, Johnson came from behind to block the shot as the buzzer went off to preserve the victory for the Hornets.
Alabama State (8-21, 8-9 SWAC) used a team-high 17 points from Reginald Gee including a three-pointer that tied the game up at 58-all with three minutes remaining, after the Hornets found themselves down by seven late in the contest. Rodney Simeon added 13 off the bench, including a pair of big first half three-pointers that helped Alabama State take a one-point lead at the break.
Terrance LeFlore added nine points and four assists, while Gene Davis added seven points and three assists – both playing in place of Jacoby Ross who missed the game due to injury.
Alabama State finished the night shooting 42.6 (20-of-47) percent from the floor and 37.5 (6-of-16) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 64 (16-of-25) percent from the free throw line.
Maurice Rivers led Jackson State (11-18, 9-8 SWAC) with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Jordan Berry added 11 off the bench on three three-pointers. Lemmie Howard also added 10 off the bench for the Tigers.
Jackson State finished the night shooting 31.4 (22-of-70) percent from the floor and 31.3 (10-of-32) from beyond the arc. They also shot 75 (6-of-8) percent from the free throw line, while being outrebounded by the Hornets 41-38.
--Alabama State Strategic Communications
Prairie View A&M 79, Alcorn State 69
LORMAN MS. – Five Panthers finished in double digits in scoring as visiting Prairie View A&M stormed out to a 15-point halftime advantage before holding off the host Braves on Thursday night.
Troy Thompson led PVAM (14-17, 11-6 SWAC) with 20 points while Dennis Jones (15 points, four assists), J.D. Wallace (14 points, six rebounds, three blocks), Gary Blackston (13 points) and Zachary Hamilton (11 points) contributed to a balanced attack.
A.J. Mosby led the Braves (11-19, 7-10 SWAC) with 19 points and Troymain Crosby had 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block.
Texas Southern 90, Southern 88
BATON ROUGE, LA – The Tigers led by as many as 17 with 15:15 remaining, before the host Jaguars cut the lead down to two with 10 seconds left.
Derrick Bruce made a pair of free throws to push the lead back to four and Southern’s Aaron Ray scored on a lay up to come back within two with three seconds left.
After two missed free throws, Southern had one last opportunity but missed with a wayward 3-pointer attempt with one second on the clock.
Demontrae Jefferson shot 14-of-21 to notch a game-high 36 points and Donte Clark added 28 points, eight rebounds as each played the entire game for Texas Southern (11-19, 11-6 SWAC).
Jared Sam tallied 25 points and 15 rebounds, Eddie Reese contributed with a double-double of 14 points and 15 assists for the Jaguars (14-16, 10-7 SWAC).
Chris Thomas added 15 points while Aaron Ray and Sidney Umude scored 14 points apiece.