Men's Basketball Recaps: Dec. 9
Central Florida 76, Southern 60
Orlando, Fla. – The UCF men's basketball team used a second half surge to soar past Southern Saturday afternoon at CFE Arena. The Knights outscored the Jaguars 42-28 over the final 20 minutes to win 76-60 and improve to 6-3 on the 2017-18 season.
"They're a tough team," UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins said of Southern. "They are a great shooting team and they have a great inside player in (Jared) Sam. It took a heck of a defensive effort, but I'm really proud of our guys, especially in the second half. I thought we were as efficient as we've been all year and we are able to come away with the win."
The efficiency on the offensive end came in the way of 28-of-53 (52.8%) shooting from the floor, the Knights' best field goal percentage since the season opening win over Mercer. Junior center Tacko Fall was 8-of-10 overall.
Sam led five Southern (2-7) players in double figures with 13 points and nine rebounds.
-UCF Sports Information
No. 7 Texas A&M 73, Prairie View A&M 53
College Station, TX – The Prairie View A&M University men’s basketball team lost at #7 Texas A&M 73-53 Saturday at Reed Arena.
Zachary Hamilton scored a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds. His second basket of the game gave Hamilton 1,000 career points to become the first Panther to achieve the feat since Montreal Scott during the 2014-15 season.
Gary Blackston scored 17 points and added five rebounds, and Dennis Jones scored 10 and had a game-high four assists for Prairie View A&M (2-7).
After scoring first, the Panthers trailed by as many as 11 in the first half but PVAMU kept the deficit in single digits through most of the first 20 minutes.
Trailing 37-29 at halftime, Prairie View A&M made an early run. A 7-2 run, capped by a Hamilton three-pointer cut the deficit to 39-36 with 16:42 remaining. Following a Texas A&M basket, a free throw by Jones cut the PVAMU deficit to 41-37 with just over 16 minutes remaining. However, an 18-0 scoring run by the Aggies (8-1) broke the game open.
--Prairie View A&M Sports Information
Louisiana Tech 91, Jackson State 62
Ruston, La. – Maurice Rivers came off the bench to score a career high 30 points, however it was not enough as the Tigers fell 91-62 to LA Tech Saturday night. With the loss JSU falls to a 2-7 record.
Rivers was and efficient 14-25 from the field, en route to scoring his 30 points in 25 minutes of action. Chace Franklin was the only other double-digit scorer for the Tigers as he finished with 13 points and pulled down a team high six rebounds.
Jalen Harris led LA Tech with 22 points and Jacobi Boykins added 19.
The Tigers trailed for the entire game and trailed by 13 points at halftime (53-40).
JSU was held to 34.9 percent shooting from the field (22-63) and LA Tech made 51.8 percent of its shot attempts (29-56). LA Tech also held an advantage at the free throw line, going 23-29 (79.3 percent) and JSU made 13-of-its 22 attempts (59.1 percent).
-Jackson State Sports Information
Grand Canyon 87, Grambling State 53
Phoenix, AZ – Jason Perry-Murray scored 13 points and made 6-of-7 field goals as the Grambling State University men’s basketball team dropped an 87-53 road decision to Grand Canyon on Saturday night at the GCU Arena.
Murray led the way for Grambling State (3-6) with a double-double of 13 points and a career-high 12 boards in 16 minutes of action. Ivy Smith, Jr., who was the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Player of the Week, tallied 12 points, including 8-of-8 from the foul line, with three steals, two assists and two boards.
Keonta Vernon paced Grand Canyon (6-2) with 19 points, including 8-of-8 from the field, with six rebounds and one steal. Joshua Braun registered 13 points, including three 3-pointers, five boards and one block, while Matt Jackson recorded 12 points, two steals and a pair of rebounds.
--Grambling State Sports Information
Oregon State 85, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 58
Corvallis, OR – Tres Tinkle scored 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and made 4-of-4 from the line while teammate Drew Eubanks also scored 19 points on 6-of-10 field goals and was 7-of-9 from the line as the Beavers won their fourth straight at Gill Coliseum.
Travon Harper collected a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead UAPB (0-10). Charles Jackson had 14 points and Joe’Randle Toliver added 12 points.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff shot 54 percent in the first half but only 36 percent in the second half. Oregon State shot 51 percent for the game.