Men's Basketball Recaps: Nov. 21
Savannah State 101, Alabama State 97
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Jacoby Ross paced four players in double figures against Savannah State, but the Tigers proved too much down the stretch as they pulled away for a 101-97 victory over Alabama State at the Cayman Islands Classic – Chattanooga Bracket Tuesday evening.
Ross led Alabama State (0-6) with a career-high 20 points, hitting five three-pointers and dishing out three assists. Reginald Gee added 19, connecting on four three-pointers, while Gene Davis and Branden Johnson each added 11. Johnson finished with his first double-double of his career with 11 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Dexter McClanahan led Savannah State (2-3) with 17 points off the bench. Isaiah Felder and Alante Fenner each added 16, with Fenner hitting all 10 of his free throw attempts. Zach Sellers chipped in 14 and Marcus Glenn 10 for the Tigers.
Trailing 83-74, Ross took over the game for the Hornets as he trimmed the lead to just one with a pair of three-pointers and a three-point play the old-fashioned way with 3:52 to play (87-86). After a three-pointer from Savannah State extended the lead to 90-86, Gee trimmed the deficit to 90-88 with 2:45 to play on a pair of free throws.
Alabama State had a chance to tie the game with 2:29 to play but missed a free throw, and then turned the ball over following an inbounds play. Savannah State took advantage and closed the game scoring nine of the game’s final 15 points.
--Alabama State Strategic Communications
Bethune Cookman 87, Grambling State 78
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Grambling State University men’s basketball team used a pair of runs at the beginning of each half, but it wasn’t enough to propel the Tigers in an 87-78 loss to Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday night at Moore Gymnasium.
Grambling State (0-4) began the game on a 9-1 run and used a 16-9 run to begin the second half and close the halftime deficit to 53-51. However, Bethune-Cookman (2-3) put the game out of reach during a six-minute stretch of the second half with a 19-6 run to take a 72-57 advantage.
Diontae Jones came off the bench to pour in a career-high 20 points, on 7-of-16 shooting. He also added six rebounds, one rebound, one steal and one block. Ivy Smith, Jr., registered a career-high 18 points, including a pair of three pointers. He added four rebounds, five assists and three steals. Axel Mpoyo tallied 14 points, a career-high eight boards, and one steal, while Shirmane Thomas registered 12 points and six rebounds.
Brandon Tabb paced four Wildcat players in double figures with 26 points, on 8-of-12 shooting, and six 3-pointers. Isaiah Bailey finished with 14 points, four assists and one steal, while Shawntrez Davis chipped in with 11 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and one assist. Soufiyane Diakite tallied 10 points and eight boards, and Malik Maitland registered a game-high 10 assists, along with eight points.
--Grambling State Sports Information
#3 Kansas 114, Texas Southern 71
LAWRENCE, Kan. – A program-record 19 3-pointers and seven double-figure scorers highlighted an offensive clinic by the No. 3/2 Kansas Jayhawks as they topped Texas Southern, 114-71, Tuesday night in the first campus game of the HoopHall Miami Invitational. For the second-straight outing, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk led the Jayhawks in scoring with 21 points, but was joined by six teammates in double-figures as KU enjoyed its largest scoring output in two seasons. The win pushed Kansas to 4-0 on the year, the first time the Jayhawks have started a season with four-straight victories since 2013-14. Texas Southern dropped to 0-5 in its young 2017-18 campaign. In what will go down as one of the most lethal long-range shooting exhibitions in program history, the Jayhawks got out to anything but a hot start against a squad that entered the night hungry to claim its first win of the season. The Tigers seemed unintimidated by the raucous Allen Fieldhouse atmosphere in the early minutes, most notably forward Kevin Scott. The senior rained in eight of TSU's first 11 points after connecting on each of his first three attempts from the field. Scott's hot start got his team out to an 11-8 lead before the first media timeout. Meanwhile, Kansas started the game hitting just one of its first five attempts from the field.
-University of Kansas Sports Information
Loyola Chicago 63, Mississippi Valley State 50
CHICAGO, Ill. – Loyola University Chicago (5-0) rallied from a five-point deficit early in the second half to get past upstart Mississippi Valley State (0-5), 63-50, tonight at Gentile Arena. The Ramblers have now won 13 straight non-conference contests at Gentile Arena and are 5-0 for the first time since 2010-11.
Loyola shot 53 percent from the field in the first half, but Mississippi Valley State was able to close out the period by outscoring the Ramblers, 5-2, over the final 2:24 to take a 31-28 lead at the intermission. Dante Scott's layup opened the second-half scoring to extend the Delta Devils' lead to 33-28, their largest of the game, before Loyola kicked it into another gear. A three-pointer from junior guard Marques Townes cut the MVSU lead down to two points, but Arinze Anakwenze followed with a jumper to double the Delta Devils' advantage.
From there, however, Loyola reeled off nine unanswered points as part of an overall 23-6 run that ended with the Ramblers holding a 54-41 lead. Ingram, who was held to just one point and three rebounds in the first half, scored eight points during that game-changing run, while Townes added six in that stretch, to power the Loyola rally. Mississippi Valley State would get no closer than 11 points the remainder of the way and the Rambler defense stiffened in the second 20 minutes, holding the Delta Devils to a mere 28.6 percent (8-for-28) from the field, including 0-for-3 from three-point territory.
--Loyola Chicago Sports Information
#14 Minnesota 100, Alabama A&M 57
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Jordan Murphy had his fifth straight double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds as No. 14 Minnesota defeated Alabama A&M 100-57 on Tuesday night.
Four others scored in double figures for the Gophers (5-0). Davonte Fitzgerald had 13, Nate Mason scored 12 and Reggie Lynch and Jamir Harris each added 11.
Mohamed Sherif led the Bulldogs (0-4) with 10 points.
The Bulldogs went the first 11 minutes without a two-point field goal, preferring outside shots due to the Gophers' size advantage. A&M's first four baskets came from 3-point range, but Minnesota built a 26-12 lead thanks to 12 quick points from Mason.
In the last minute of the first half, reserve big man Fitzgerald threw down a dunk and drained a long jump shot for the Gophers before Murphy beat the buzzer with a step-back jumper to put Minnesota on top 47-25.
Harris, a freshman guard, hit 3-pointers from the same spot in the corner on three consecutive possessions in the second half as Gophers coach Richard Pitino played his reserves almost exclusively for the final 10 minutes of the game.