Men's Basketball Recaps: Nov. 25
Jackson State 75, Omaha 73 (OT)
NICEVILLE, Fla. – Chace Franklin knocked down his second three of the game as time expired in overtime to give the Jackson State Tigers a 75-73 OT win over Omaha on the final day of the 2017 Emerald Coast Classic. Franklin, who made his 2017-18 debut yesterday against Maryland Eastern Shore, scored a team high 22 points en route to recording his first game winner of the season. Franklin went 9-18 from the floor and was 2-2 at the free throw line.
With the win JSU improved to a 2-4 record and Omaha fell to 0-7.
Paris Collins added 21 points on 8-14 shooting from the field, including an efficient 2-3 from three-point range. He was also perfect from the free throw line, going 3-3. Charles Taylor just missed out on a double-double as he finished with eight points and eight rebounds.
Zach Jackson led Omaha in scoring with 22 points.
The Tigers used a stingy defensive effort down the stretch in overtime. Omaha opened OT with a 5-0 run, holding a 73-68 advantage at the 3:26 mark in OT. From that point on JSU didn’t allow another point, while going on a 7-0 run of their own. The run was sparked by a pair of free throw from Charles Taylor, a Paris Collins layup and the game winner by Chace Franklin.
--Jackson State Sports Information
Western Carolina 82, Alabama A&M 72
Niagara Falls, N.Y. – Three players scored in double figures for the Alabama A&M University men's basketball team, but it wasn't enough as they dropped an 82-72 decision in a late comeback effort against Western Carolina Saturday afternoon in a Barclays Center Classic battle at Niagara University. Junior Arthur Johnson led with 18 points for the Bulldogs (0-6) and he also finished with four rebounds and one assist. The Maroon and White also received 15 points from Evan Wiley on 4-of-10 shooting from the field, 2-of-3 from the three point line and 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. Wiley also led the Bulldogs with eight rebounds. De'Ederick Petty contributed 11 points, four rebounds and four assists for AAMU. Amari Goulbourne and Marcus Merriweather each added seven points, respectively. Western Carolina (2-5) had four players score in double figures and were led by Devin Peterson's game-high 21 points.
-Alabama A&M Sports Information
Alcorn State 103, Concordia College (Ala.) 56
Lorman, Miss. – The Alcorn State University men's basketball program registered its largest margin of victory in 18 seasons when it cruised to a 103-56 win over Concordia on Saturday at the Davey L. Whitney Complex. The 47-point win was Alcorn's largest margin of victory since 1999-00 when it topped Belhaven 95-44. The Braves (1-6) led by 20, 46-26, at the half when they erupted for 57 more points in the second frame. Alcorn shot 35-68 (.515) from the field for the game. Senior Reginal Johnson paved the way with 20 points and five rebounds. Junior Dante Sterling recorded 14 points, and seniors Avery Patterson and A.J. Mosby netted 10 points apiece. Sophomore Yalen Reed flirted with a double-double with eight points and eight rebounds. Concordia (3-3) was led by Que Hall who scored nine points off the bench.
The Braves led 7-5 early when they went on a big 15-0 run which included three-pointers by sophomore Maurice Howard and Johnson, and a fast-break "and-one" by senior Juwan Henderson to go up 22-5 at the 11:08 mark. Alcorn extended the advantage to 32-12 after a pair of free throws by Sterling with 6:38 left. Alcorn's biggest lead of the half came after a lay-up by junior TyQuaylon Smith which made it 36-15 with 5:17 to go. Howard drilled a three-pointer with 24 seconds left as the Braves were on top 46-26 at the break. Early in the second half, Reed threw down a big dunk in transition on a feed from Mosby to put Alcorn ahead 56-28 with 18:01 remaining. A jumper and three-pointer by Mosby made it a 71-37 game at the 12:48 mark. Still up 77-41, Alcorn went on a 9-0 spurt which included three-pointers by Sterling and Johnson to lead 86-41 with 8:53 remaining. The Braves went up by over 50 after a driving lay-up by Henderson with 6:26 left. Alcorn's biggest lead of the game, 102-46, came after a three-pointer by Henderson with 2:33 to go.
-Alcorn State Sports Information
Grambling State 82, UT Rio Grande Valley 76
Edinburg, TX – Ivy Smith, Jr., scored a career-high 27 points as the Grambling State University men's basketball team picked up its first victory of the season with an 82-76 win over the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Saturday night. Smith was 6-of-13 shooting and 14-of-17 from the free-throw line to lead the Tigers with 27 points, six assists, six steals and three rebounds. Axel Mpoyo registered a double-double of 16 points and 10 boards, while Drake Wilks tallied 11 points off the bench. Xavier McDaniel, Jr. paced the Vaqueros with 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including four 3-pointers. N. Dixon tallied 26 points and eight boards. Grambling State (1-4) shot 43.5 percent (22-of-54) from the floor and 75 percent (31-of-42) from the free-throw line.
--Grambling State Sports Information
Southeastern Louisiana 73, Mississippi Valley State 59
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Southeastern Louisiana's third straight road win to close out the Savannah Invitational was a little bumpier than it first appeared it would be.
The Lions jumped out to a 23-point first-half lead, then held off a Mississippi Valley State rally for a 73-59 win Saturday afternoon in the Pete Hanna Center. Southeastern (4-3) won for the third straight game away from Hammond for the first time since sweeping three at the Oregon Rain Invitational in Corvallis, Oregon to open the 2006-07 season.
The Lions' three-game win streak overall is their first since Jan. 12-21, 2017. Senior forward Jordan Capps had a team-high 18 points, 12 coming in the second half. Senior forward James Currington, an Alabama native who opened his collegiate career at Mississippi Valley, led the Lions with eight rebounds while tossing in 13 points. Senior guard Joshua Filmore hit four 3-pointers in scoring 11 points and recording three steals. Junior forward Moses Greenwood added 10 points while junior guard Marlain Veal had nine points and seven assists. Southeastern shot 47.4 overall while grabbing 32 rebounds.
Jordan Evans came off the bench to lead Mississippi Valley (0-6) with 13 points. Dante Scott added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds. The Delta Devils shot 42.0 percent while recording 33 rebounds.
Canisius 81, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 58
Stockton, Calif. – Takal Molson and Isiah Reese each scored 19 points apiece for the Golden Griffins (3-3) at the Air Force /Pacific Classic Tournament at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
The Golden Lions (0-8) were led by Martaveous McKnight’s 20 points and Trent Steen’s 15 points.