Men's Basketball Recaps: Nov. 24
Maryland Eastern Shore 66, Jackson State 63
DESTIN, Fla. – Jeremiah Jefferson scored a game high 20 points, but it was not enough as the Jackson State men’s basketball team fell 66-63 to the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks Friday afternoon in the Emerald Coast Classic. With the loss the Tigers fall to a 1-4 overall record.
Jefferson went 8-18 from the field and 3-11 from three-point range in 34 minutes of action. Chace Franklin, in his 2017-18 debut, scored 18 points and had six assists in 29 minutes of action. He went 6-15 from the field and 2-9 from three-point range.
The game was tied 37-37 at halftime. JSU held a nine-point lead with 5:44 remaining in the first half. The Hawks went on an 8-2 run to take a 52-45 second half lead with 13:24 left in the contest. UMES never trailed for the remainder of the game, eventually increasing its lead to nine points by the 5:24 mark in the second half.
Colen Gaynor was perfect from the field, going 5-5 from three-point range to lead the Hawks in scoring with 15 points. Tyler Jones pulled down a game high 11 rebounds to go along with his 13 points for UMES.
JSU held a statistical advantage in points in the paint (20-14), Points off turnovers (19-10), second chance points (14-9) and bench scoring (26-13).
-Jackson State Sports Information
Niagara 96, Alabama A&M 74
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – After starting the season with four road games, the Niagara University men's basketball team opened its home schedule with a 96-74 victory over the Alabama A&M Bulldogs as part of the Barclays Center Classic Campus Round on Friday night. The Purple Eagles started the game the better of the two teams, taking an 8-2 lead after three-plus minutes. Alabama A&M tied the game at 10-10, but Niagara hit back with a game-changing run.
The Purple Eagles went on a 17-3 run, in which they connected on four 3-pointers, in a four-minute span. The Bulldogs cut the lead to five points on five different occasions, before NU took a 45-37 halftime lead.
NU pushed its lead to 13 points with five straight points to open the second half. After AAM trimmed the lead to six points, Matt Scott and James Towns combined for an 8-0 run.
A quick 5-0 spurt by the Bulldogs was halted by a six straight points by Scott for a 64-49 lead with 11 minutes remaining. From there, the Purple Eagles' lead snowballed. While Scott and Dukes carried the bulk of the scoring load, the duo got assistance from Kevin Larkin and Towns to help build a 20-point lead with four minutes left.
--Niagara Sports Information
Clemson 84, Texas Southern 77
CLEMSON, S.C. – Ultra-impressive performances from Elijah Thomas and Gabe DeVoe lifted Clemson University men’s basketball to its fifth win of the season over Texas Southern, 84-77, on Friday afternoon inside Littlejohn Coliseum.
Thomas posted career-highs in points (26) and rebounds (16) to notch his fourth career double-double and second of the season. Thomas finished 10-for-11 from the field and 6-for-8 from the foul line.
The last time a Clemson player had at least 26 points and 16 rebounds in the same game was on March 17, 1990 in an NCAA Tournament game at the Hartford Civic Center. Former Tiger Dale Davis had 26 points and 17 rebounds in a 79-75 Clemson win over LaSalle.
DeVoe was red-hot shooting the ball and finished 8-for-9 from the field and a perfect 5-for-5 from distance for a career-high 21 points.
The Tigers (5-1) shot a season-best 64.0 percent in the first half, but led the Tigers (0-6) by just four at the break. The lead changed hands five times with four tied scores in the opening period.
Pacific 78, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 69
Stockton, Calif. – The Golden Lions (0-7) feverish second half attempted rally fell short despite outscoring the Tigers 50-38 after halftime.
Martaveous McKnight scored a team-high 18 points including four 3-pointers and added three assists and three steals, Charles Jackson had 13 points and Travon Harper added 12 points and seven rebounds for UAPB.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff got off to a slow start, scoring just 19 points as a team in the opening half.
Miles Reynolds led Pacific (2-3) with 20 points including 13-of-15 from the free throw line while Jack Williams added 15 points and 12 rebounds.
UC Santa Barbara 69, Prairie View A&M 66
Santa Barbara, Calif. – The Prairie View A&M University men’s basketball team lost at UC Santa Barbara 69-66 Friday night at The Thunderdome.
Gary Blackston scored 21 points with nine rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Zachary Hamilton scored 19 and had four rebounds. Shaquille Preston tied a career-high with nine points and had five rebounds, and J.D. Wallace added eight points with a career-high 14 rebounds and four blocks.
The Panthers (2-4) saw a two-game win streak snapped and overcame two different double-digit deficits to take a late lead.
Trailing 27-11 with just under seven minutes to play in the first half, a three-pointer by Hamilton sparked a 19-1 run. He scored the first 10 points in the run and 13 of in the run overall. A pair of Blackston free throws gave PVAMU the lead with just under a minute to play until halftime, as the Panthers lead 30-28 at intermission.
An early second-half run by the Gauchos (3-3) gave UCSB a 44-34 lead with just over 14 minutes remaining before Prairie View A&M made another run. Blackston’s layup started a 10-0 run over the next three minutes. A layup by Preston tied the score at 44-44 all with just over 11 minutes to play. The margin was no more than five points by either team the rest of the way.
Tied at 57-57 with just under seven minutes to play, the Panthers took the lead for the final time. Blackston score all the points in a 6-1 run to give the PVAMU a 63-58 lead with 5:05 remaining. After the teams traded baskets with a Blackston jumper again giving the Panthers a 65-60 lead with 4:28 remaining, Prairie View A&M was outscored 9-1 down the stretch.
--Prairie View A&M Sports Information