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Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information

Men's Basketball Recaps: Feb. 10

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 02/10/2018
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Grambling State 90, Prairie View A&M 85

PRAIRIE VIEW, TX. – Ivy Smith, Jr. and Shirmane Thomas combined for 54 of the Grambling State University men’s basketball team’s 90 points as the Tigers won their ninth straight game with a 90-85 victory over Prairie View A&M in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game on Saturday night at the William J. Nicks Building.

Grambling State (13-12 overall, 9-3 SWAC) trailed at the break, 43-37, which was only the second time in the last six games the Tigers were behind at the half. GSU rallied in the second half and held off a late charge to complete a season sweep of the Panthers.

Smith paced Grambling State with 28 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals. Thomas added 26 points, including 7-of-7 from the free-throw line, with five boards and one assist. DeVante Jackson registered 15 points and five rebounds, while Anthony Gaston tallied 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Gary Blackston led Prairie View A&M with 25 points, including 10-of-12 from the foul line, with seven rebounds, six assists and one steal. Zachary Hamilton chipped in 19 points, with five boards and two assists, while J.D. Wallace led the way on the glass with 11 rebounds and nine points.


--Grambling State Sports Information


Southern 70, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 62

BATON ROUGE, LA – The host Jaguars received a big boost from Eddie Reese (19 points, six assists) and Emanuel Shepard (15 points, nine rebounds) down the stretch and Jared Sam produced his conference-leading 11th double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.


Southern (11-14, 7-5 SWAC) got hot after halftime by making 50 percent of their shots in the second half (15-of-30) and controlled the boards with a 43-27 rebounding advantage. 


Martaveous McKnight led the Golden Lions (9-16, 9-3 SWAC) with 23 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.  Travon Harper shot 8-of-9 including 3-of-4 from 3-point range to total 19 points before fouling out late in the game. 


Alcorn State 94, Mississippi Valley State 90 (OT)

LORMAN, MS –  Junior Dante Sterling poured in a career-high 29 points as the Alcorn State University men's basketball program fought off a feisty Mississippi Valley State squad 94-90 in overtime Saturday at the Davey L. Whitney Complex.


In a game that featured 21 lead changes, it was tied 85-85 when Sterling threw down a go-ahead dunk for Alcorn (8-17, 4-8 SWAC) which erupted the crowd with 57 seconds left in overtime. After a stop defensively, senior A.J. Mosby drained a pair of free throws to give the Braves an 89-85 advantage with 21 seconds remaining.


Despite a pair of baskets from MVSU (2-23, 2-10 SWAC), the Braves made their free throws down the stretch to secure the victory. The Braves were 29-of-34 (.853) from the charity stripe as a team.


Sterling drained four three-pointers and was 11-of-12 from the free throw line. The 11 made free throws which tied for 10th most in school history in a single-game.

Mosby also had a big night with 22 points and seven assists in 40 minutes. He was 9-for-9 from the free throw line.   Also in double-figures, sophomore Maurice Howard registered 13 points and sophomore Yalen Reed ended with 10 points and eight rebounds. Howard made four three-pointers in the contest.   As a team, Alcorn shot .542 (13-24) from three-point range and .448 (26-58) from the field. The 13 made threes matched a season-high.   MVSU was paced by Jordan Evans who scored 25 points. Dante Scott tallied 21 points and eight rebounds, and Kylan Phillips finished with 14 points.


--Alcorn State Sports Information


Alabama State 69, Alabama A&M 50

HUNTSVILLE, AL – Branden Johnson recorded his fourth double-double of the season to lead Alabama State to season sweep of Alabama A&M with a 69-50 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) victory at the T.M. Elmore Gymnasium Saturday night.

Johnson finished the night 14 points and 12 rebounds, including connecting on a season-best 54.5 (6-of-11) percent from the free throw line. He also finished with three blocks and connected on 80 (4-of-5) percent from the floor.

Tobi Ewuosho finished with 12 points, knocking down all four his shots from the floor, and Ed Jones finished with 11 points – all in the first half for Alabama State (6-18, 6-6 SWAC).

Alabama State finished the night shooting 50 (24-of-48) percent from the floor, including 52.4 (11-of-21) percent in the second half. The Hornets also 36.4 (4-of-11) percent from beyond the arc, while also shooting 58.6 (17-of-29) percent from the free throw line. Alabama State won the rebounding battle 40-29, and forced 21 Alabama A&M turnovers.

Alabama A&M (2-23, 2-10 SWAC) finished night shooting 38.3 (23-of-60) percent from the floor and the Bulldogs were held to just 6.3 (1-of-16) percent from beyond the arc. They also converted on just 23.1 (3-of-13) percent from the free throw line.

Andre Kennedy led the Bulldogs with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Arthur Johnson scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds.


--Alabama State Strategic Communications

Texas Southern 86, Jackson State 75

HOUSTON, TX – Donte Clark scored a game-high 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting to go along with nine rebounds and five assists to lift host Texas Southern (7-17, 7-4 SWAC) at the H&PE Arena.


Texas Southern got a boost with a pair of returns to the lineup from Demontrae Jefferson (25 points, six assists) and Trayvon Reed (21 points, seven rebounds)


For Jackson State (10-15, 7-5 SWAC), Jeremiah Jefferson scored a team-high 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field. Maurice Rivers came off the bench to add 21 points and six rebounds. Paris Collins returned to the hardwood for the first time for the Tigers since January 8 and finished with eight points and five rebounds before fouling out.


--Jackson State Sports Information contributed to part of this report