Men's Basketball Recaps: Nov. 19
Central Arkansas 102, Alcorn State 76
CONWAY, Ark. – The Alcorn State University men's basketball program wrapped-up a five-game road trip to start the 2017-18 season with a 102-76 defeat to Central Arkansas on Sunday at the Farris Center.
The Braves (0-5) played five road games in five different states in a 10-day span. Their 76 points scored marked a season-high.
UCA (2-2) came out hot and didn't let up. The Bears were led by Jordan Howard who posted 27 points and Hayden Koval who netted 22. UCA shot 35-64 (.547) in the game.
Alcorn saw three different student-athletes score 14 points. Freshman Troymain Crosby set his career-high at 14 in just 10 minutes of action. Seniors Reginal Johnson and A.J. Mosby were both able to fend off foul trouble to reach 14.
The Braves grabbed eight steals in the game including a career-high three from TyQuaylon Smith who made his first career start. Sophomore Maurice Howard also started for the first time this year and ended with seven points, four rebounds and two steals.
--Alcorn State Sports Information
Kent State 80, Mississippi Valley State 67
KENT, OHIO – The Kent State University men's basketball team (3-0) started the Savannah Invitational with a home victory Sunday, defeating the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (0-4), 80-67.
Jaylin Walker led the charge for Kent State in the scoring column with 19 points on 8-for-15 shooting. Adonis De La Rosa earned his second straight double-double, with a team-best 10 rebounds and 14 points. Jalen Avery was outstanding in the point guard spot, with a career high 10 assists to zero turnovers. He also had five points and four rebounds.
Kent State led for a majority of the first half, jumping out to a quick 10-4 lead in the opening minutes. The Delta Devils briefly took the lead at 11-10, but a 6-0 run put Kent State back ahead. While the Golden Flashes would not trail again, MVSU kept its deficit to single digits. Kent State led 32-23 with 1:46 remaining in the first and entered halftime ahead, 34-27.
MVSU challenged the Flashes at the start of the second half, as a 7-0 run tied the game at 38. The Flashes responded offensively, with a run that included multiple transition baskets and a Danny Pippen 4-point play. Kent State reclaimed its nine-point lead at 53-44 with 13:24 left, triggering a MVSU timeout.
The Delta Devils made one last push that cut the difference to six points, but Kent State would maintain its lead throughout. An 8-0 run put the Flashes ahead by 14 points at 65-51. The Flashes led by as much as 16 points, just before a 3-pointer by MVSU with 14 seconds left sealed the final score.
--Kent State Sports Information
North Carolina Central 80, Southern 67
Durham, N.C. – North Carolina Central University secured its second win of the season at home against their first Division-I opponent Southern University, 80-67 at McDougald-McLendon Arena on Sunday.
NCCU (2-3) broke a narrow four-point lead of 40-36 over Southern (0-4) in the second half in a 24-7 run enabling them to gain the double-digit advantage in the second half with 13:25 on the clock. The Eagles never wavered from the lead.
Raasean Davis (Chicago, Ill.) continued to be a driving force for the Eagles, by landing his second consecutive double-double. Davis concluded the contest with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard C.J. Wiggins (Richmond, Va.) also shined in the arena again after a solid performance against Warren Wilson, scoring 14 points with three assists in this contest.
The freshmen guards radiated confidence facing the Jaguars with career-high points. Jordan Perkins (Greensboro, N.C.) scored 17 points for the Eagles, and Reggie Gardner, Jr. (Bowie, Md.) trailed closely with 16 points.
Southern knocked down seven three-pointers in the second half in an attempt to catch the Eagles, but NCCU prevailed on its way to an 80-67 final. Jamar Sandifer (Dallas, Texas) totaled 16 points, and seven rebounds. Eddie Reese (Detroit, Mich.) had 13 points and five rebounds.
--N.C. Central Sports Information