Men's Basketball Recaps: Dec. 1
Grambling State 64, Georgia Tech 63
Atlanta, Ga. – Ivy Smith, Jr. put up a layup with eight seconds remaining and missed, but the loose ball grabbed by Curtis Haywood was tipped back into the Tiger basket as the Grambling State University men’s basketball team stunned Georgia Tech, 64-63, on Friday night at McCamish Pavilion.
Grambling State (2-5) used a 22-8 run to turn a 25-23 halftime lead into a 47-31 advantage with 10:19 remaining. Georgia Tech (4-2) rallied and used a 30-13 run to take a 61-60 lead with 1:02 left.
The Yellow Jackets got two free throws by Jose Alvarado with 43 seconds left, but that would be the last time Georgia Tech would score. Smith sank two shots at the charity stripe to cut the margin to 63-62 with 43 seconds left. Tadric Jackson missed two shots at the line and Drake Wilks came down with the big rebound as the Tigers called a timeout with 22 seconds remaining to set up the final play.
After the timeout, Smith drove the lane to put up the shot and the ball bounced around and was tipped by Haywood and went into the basket to give the Tigers a 64-63 lead.
Diontae Jones paced three Grambling State players in double figures with 18 points, nine rebounds, two steals, one block and one assist. Axel Mpoyo tallied 14 points, eight rebounds, one block and one assist, while Smith registered 14 points, six assists, two steals and two boards.
Alvarado led Georgia Tech with a game-high 22 points, including four 3-pointers. He also added four assists, three steals and one rebound. Tadric Jackson registered 19 points and seven boards.
-Grambling State Sports Information
Central Michigan 70, Jackson State 63
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – Paris Collins scored a team high 19 points and pulled down a game high 10 rebounds, to go along with a game high seven steals for the Jackson State Tigers. However, it was not enough as the Tigers fell 70-63 to the Central Michigan Chippewas Friday night at the McGuirk Arena.
The Tigers cut the Central Michigan lead to two points with 5:22 left in regulation on a Jeremiah Jefferson three-pointer. From that point on the Tigers would get no closer. A pair of Gavin Peppers layups pushed the Chippewa lead back to seven points with 2:38 left in the game.
For the game, JSU shot 39.1 percent from the field (25-64), 38.1 percent in threes (8-21) and 100 percent from the free throw line (5-5). Central Michigan connected on 52.3 percent of its field goal attempts (23-44), 44.4 percent from three-point range (8-18) and 84.2 percent from the line (16-19).
Maurice Rivers came off the bench to add 14 points and five rebounds for JSU. Rivers was an efficient 6-12 from the field. Jeremiah Jefferson scored 11 points in 29 minutes. He went 4-8 from the field, including 3-5 from three-point range.
David DiLeo led Central Michigan with 19 points and five rebounds.
--Jackson State Sports Information
Alcorn State 89, Rust College 50
Lorman, Miss. – Four different Alcorn State University men's basketball student-athletes registered career-highs in scoring as the Braves breezed to an 89-50 victory over Rust College on Friday at the Davey L. Whitney Complex.
Career-bests for the Braves (2-7) were netted by sophomore Maurice Howard with 23 points, sophomore Yalen Reed with 20 points, junior Dante Sterling with 17 points and freshman Kobe Wilson with seven points. Howard's 23 points were the most by a Brave in a single-game this season as he drained a career-high seven three-pointers on 10 attempts.
Reed also pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds for his first-career double-double. Sterling neared a double-double with a career-high seven assists. Senior A.J. Mosby dished out seven assists to go along with his nine points and three steals.
Reed was a scorching hot 9-of-10 from the field.
The Bearcats (2-10), a member of the NAIA athletic association, were guided by Rickey McCollum who tallied 12 points off the bench. Cameron Sembly helped out with 11 points, six rebounds and four assists.
The game was competitive in the first half with the score tied 22-22 with 5:25 to go. The Braves used a 12-2 run late in the period which included threes by Howard and Wilson to leap ahead 34-24 at the 1:57 mark. Mosby drilled a jumper with two seconds left to keep Alcorn ahead 38-28 at the intermission.
The Braves scored the first six points of the second half including a big dunk by Reed to push their advantage up to 44-28. A pair of lay-ups by Reed and a jumper by Howard extended the edge to 58-36 with 11:15 remaining.
Still up 58-41, Alcorn put the game out of reach with a huge 19-0 spurt to make it 77-41 with 5:40 left. The stretch included 10 points by Sterling. The largest lead of the game, 85-45, came after a lay-up by senior Avery Patterson wat the 3:35 mark.
-Alcorn State Sports Information