Men's Basketball Recaps: Dec. 21
UNLV 95, Mississippi Valley State 63
LAS VEGAS, NV – Despite 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the floor to go along with five rebounds from Dante Scott, the Delta Devils fell into a deep deficit by halftime and could not recover in a 95-63 defeat at the Thomas & Mack Center late Wednesday night.
The Running Rebels (10-2) got ahead 52-21 at halftime behind a 76 percent shooting clip from the floor in the opening half (19-of-25).
Mississippi Valley State (0-12) played much more competitively in the second half at it was outscored 43-42 after the break as it shot 51 percent from the floor.
Seven players on UNLV scored in double figures led Shakur Juiston’s double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds and four assists.
Louisiana Tech 74, Alabama State 62
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Daquan Bracey led four Louisiana Tech players in double figures, and a quick second half run by the Bulldogs, proved too much for Alabama State as they fell 74-62 on the opening day of the New Orleans Shootout at the Convocation Center, on the campus of Xavier University.
Reginald Gee led Alabama State (0-11) with 16 points on 7-of-19 shooting from the floor, and dished out four assists. Meanwhile, Rodney Simeon finished with a season-high 14 points on four three-pointers and pulled down three rebounds for the Hornets.
Louisiana Tech (8-4) went in at half leading 37-29, and quickly pushed that double digits with an 6-0 run out of the locker room to open a to take 43-29 lead just one minute into the final stanza. Alabama State was able to answer with a 12-3 run to pull to within five with 13:32 remaining in the contest. The Hornets’ run started with a basket by Jacoby Ross and another by Branden Johnson with 15:44 to play that trimmed the lead to 44-33.
The run continued with a basket by Austin Rogers, and ended with back-to-back three pointers from Gee and Simeon with 13:32 to play that trimmed the deficit to five (46-41).
That margin was as close as Alabama State could get, as each time they cut the lead to six, Louisiana Tech had an answer and was able to pull away over the final seven minutes for the win.
--Alabama State Strategic Communications
East Carolina 76, Grambling State 68
GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Grambling State University men’s basketball team led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but the Tigers couldn’t put East Carolina away as the Pirates picked up a 76-68 victory on Thursday night in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
Grambling State (4-8) led 31-19 with 3:51 left in the first half, but East Carolina (6-5) proved to be too much in the second half, outscoring the Tigers, 48-37, to get the victory.
DeVante Jackson led Grambling State with 21 points, on 8-of-15 shooting, with four rebounds, one assist and one block. Ivy Smith, Jr. added 20 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals. Shirmane Thomas finished with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, including nine on the defensive end, with four assists and one steal.
B.J. Tyson led three East Carolina players in double figures with 20 points, six boards, three assists and one steal. Isaac Fleming added 18 points, including 8-of-11 from the foul line, three rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Dimitri Spasojevic registered 16 points and seven rebounds.
--Grambling State Sports Information
Michigan 97, Alabama A&M 47
Ann Arbor, MI – Charles Matthews scored a game-high 31 points on 12-of-15 shooting and Duncan Robinson added 18 points to lead the Wolverines (11-3) over the Bulldogs (0-12) at the Crisler Center.
Michigan led 51-23 at halftime and shot 60 percent from the floor for the game.
Alabama A&M was led by Marcus Merriweather, who had 16 points, and Andre Kennedy, who had 10 points and seven rebounds, two steals and a block.