Men's Basketball Recaps: Feb. 5
Grambling State 81, Alcorn State 72
GRAMBLING, La. – The Grambling State University men’s basketball team trailed by as many as five points in the second half, but the Tigers rallied to extend their win streak to eight games, which is the longest in over 40 years, with an 81-72 victory over Alcorn State in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game on Monday night at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Grambling State (12-12 overall, 8-3 SWAC) swept the season series over Alcorn State and haven’t dropped a game in nearly a month.
The Tigers led 40-32 at the break, but watched Alcorn State rally and grab a 62-57 lead with eight and half minutes remaining. Alcorn State (7-17, 3-8) couldn’t hold on to the lead as Grambling State outscored the Braves, 24-10, down the stretch to pick up the win.
Shirmane Thomas led the way for Grambling State with 21 points, three boards and one block. Ivy Smith, Jr. added 20 points, nine boards, six assists, one steak and one block, while DeVante Jackson registered 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
A.J. Mosby paced the Braves with a game-high 28 points, with eight boards, six assists and two steals. Dante Sterling tallied 17 points and three rebounds, while Devon Brewer recorded 10 points and three blocks.
--Grambling State Sports Information
Southern 67, Jackson State 62
JACKSON, MS– Trailing by two at halftime, the Jaguars (10-14, 6-5 SWAC) turned their up defensive effort and held the host Tigers to just 32 percent shooting to pick up the road victory at the Lee E. Williams AAC on Monday night.
Jared Sam recorded another double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, Eddie Reese added 14 points and Chris Thomas scored 11 for the Jaguars.
The Tigers (10-14, 7-4 SWAC) had three players reach double digits in scoring as Jeremiah Jefferson scored 12, Julian Daughtry had 11 and Maurice Rivers added 10.
Alabama State 65, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 59
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Fausto Pichardo recorded his first career double-double to lead Alabama State to a 65-59 road victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) play Monday night.
Pichardo recorded a career-high 17 points and 15 rebounds for Alabama State (5-18, 5-6 SWAC), finishing the night 8-of-12 from the floor after going into halftime with nine points and eight rebounds. Reginald Gee went over the 600-point with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Tobi Ewuosho finished with 11 points and four assists in the win.
Alabama State led for over 27 minutes in the contest, in a game that had two lead changes and seven ties. UAPB ran out to a seven-point lead in the first half, before Alabama State stormed back to take an eight-point lead in the second half with 14:38 to play.
Meanwhile, Martaveous McKnight was frustrated all night defensively by the Hornets who switched off defenders – Gee and Terrance LeFlore – to finish with 20 points, including hitting 6-of-9 from the free throw line. He was held to just one rebound and three assists after a triple-double against Alabama A&M Saturday night.
Travon Harper finished with 12 points, while Charles Jackson had 10. UAPB (9-16, 9-2 SWAC) shot 39.2 (20-of-51) percent from the floor and 20 (3-of-15) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 64 (16-of-25) percent from the free throw line.
--Alabama State Strategic Communications
Mississippi Valley State 77, Alabama A&M 67
ITTA BENA, MS. – Deadlocked at 37 all at halftime, the host Delta Devils put together a strong second half behind Jordan Evans’ game-high 23 points and Dante Scott’s 16 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Emmanuel Ejeh had nearly a double-double performance with nine points and 15 rebounds.
Mississippi Valley State (2-22, 2-9 SWAC) took the lead for good on Nate Nahimy’s 3-pointer with 13:50 remaining to give them a 49-47 lead.
The Bulldogs (2-22, 2-9 SWAC) were led by Arthur Johnson, who scored 20 points and pulled down 11 and collected three assists.