Men's Basketball Recaps: 11.10
VCU 94, Grambling State 65
RICHMOND, Va. – The Donte’ Jackson era has begun at Grambling State University as the Tiger men’s basketball program opened the season on Friday night with a 94-65 loss to VCU at E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
Grambling State (0-1) shot nearly 38 percent (22-of-58) from the floor and was 2-of-13 from behind the arc against VCU. The Rams shot 45.3 percent (34-of-75) and benefited from 15 3-pointers to grab the victory.
Dionte Jones came off the bench to spark the Tigers with a career-high 16 points, on 6-of-10 shooting, and pulled down a career-high eight boards in 21 minutes of action. Shirmane Thomas registered 14 points, on 7-of-12 shooting, and seven rebounds, while Anthony Gaston tallied a career-high 11 points, including going 9-of-10 from the free-throw line.
De’Riante Jenkins, Justin Tillman and Jonathan Williams each finished with 14 points to pace the Rams offense. Khris Lane chipped in with 11, while Malik Crowfield added 10. Tillman led the way defensively with a game-high 10 boards, while Williams dished out a game-high five assists.
--Grambling State Sports Information
Mississippi State 96, Alabama State 68
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Alabama State University men’s basketball team could not overcome a quick start by Mississippi State University, dropping their opener 96-68 at Humphrey Coliseum Friday night.
“It was a tough game for us,” Alabama State head coach Lewis Jackson said. “I thought Mississippi State did an outstanding job of getting out and running, and they attacked the rim on us all night. We knew it was going to be tough, especially when you start three guys who haven’t played at the Division I basketball before at this level.
“I saw some good things from our team, we fought and never quit. The guys kept listening and kept grinding. We didn’t shoot the ball well from the free throw line, but there is a lot of room for growth on this team. I like what this team can become. We are going to continue to work and get after it, and with nine new players the maturation process is going to take some time. We just have to continue to work and get some reps under our belt, and we going to be okay.”
Jacoby Ross scored a career-high 17 points of the bench, including hitting six three points; while Ed Jones added 16 points and six rebounds as he converted on 7-of-11 of his shots.
Alabama State shot 37.3 (25-of-67) percent from the floor and 26.9 (7-of-26) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 50 (11-of-22) percent from the free throw line, and forced 14 Mississippi State turnovers.
--Alabama State Strategic Communications
Utah 83, Prairie View A&M 62
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The Prairie View A&M University men’s basketball team opened the 2017-18 season with an 83-62 loss at Utah Friday night.
The Panthers had four players in double figures. Gary Blackston and Dennis Jones each scored 16 points, with Blackston adding four rebounds and two assists, while Jones added four steals. Shaquille Preston added 11 points and three rebounds, while Zachary Hamilton scored 10 and added three rebounds. J.D. Wallace had a game-high 10 rebounds to lead both teams.
Prairie View A&M fell behind by as many as 11 points in the first six+ minutes before chipping away at the deficit. A three-point play by Hamilton brought the Panthers to within three at 34-31 with 1:44 to play until halftime. However, a scoring drought by PVAMU led to a 24-0 scoring run over the game’s next eight+ minutes to break the game open.
--Prairie View A&M Sports Information
LSU 99, Alcorn State 59
BATON ROUGE, La – A hot-shooting LSU squad topped the Alcorn State University men's basketball program 99-59 in the season-opener for both teams Friday at the Maravich Center. Senior A.J. Mosby led the Braves (0-1) with 15 points and three steals. Senior Reginal Johnson, the SWAC Preseason Player of the Year, finished with 12 points and five rebounds. Senior Avery Patterson and sophomore Tyler Carter ended with seven points apiece.
The Tigers (1-0) shot 36-59 (.610) from the field and a scorching 11-19 (.579) from three-point range. Alcorn was 23-59 (.390) from the field and 4-24 (.167) from beyond-the-arc.
LSU was propelled by Tremont Waters who scored a game-high 27 points on 9-for-13 shooting for 4-for-6 from long-range. He was one of four Tigers in double-figures along with Duop Reath with 11, Wayde Sims 11 and Brandon Sampson 10. The Tigers came out of the gates hot and scored the first nine points of the game.
Johnson got the Braves on the board with back-to-back lay-ups, and a jumper by sophomore Maurice Howard cut the deficit to 17-10 at the 13:02 mark. A three-pointer at the top of the key by Carter made it an 18-13 game with 12:11 to go in the half.
The Braves trailed 35-27 after an old-fashion three-point play by junior Khari Jabriel Allen, but LSU answered with a big 13-0 to jump out to a 48-27 edge with 1:40 left. Junior Dante Sterling hit a last-second jumper on a put-back, but the Tigers carried a 51-34 advantage heading into the break.
--Alcorn State Sports Information
Gonzaga 97, Texas Southern 69
SPOKANE, Wash. – Demontrae Jefferson lead the Tigers with 20 points, while Donte Clark and Trayvon Reed added 13 points apiece and combined for 15 rebounds in defeat for Texas Southern who was held to 36 percent shooting.
''We were overmatched and overwhelmed,'' Texas Southern coach Mike Davis said. ''Gonzaga was shooting great and getting to the offensive glass.''
--Gonzaga Sports Information
Illinois 102, Southern 55
CHAMPAGNE, Ill. – Graduate transfer Mark Alstork scored 17 points and snagged 10 rebounds Friday night, helping lead Illinois to a 102-55 victory over Southern in the first game of coach Brad Underwood's career with the Illini.
The Illini shot just 4 of 21 from behind the arc, but secured a decisive win over the Jaguars by pounding the glass and playing smothering defense.
Southern was out-rebounded 42-26 and shot just 37.3 percent from the field.
Underwood used his reserves a lot in his debut and junior Aaron Jordan responded.
Jordan finished with 17 points off the bench, knocking down two 3-pointers and all seven of his free throw attempts.
Jared Sam led the way for the Jaguars with 21 points, the only Jaguar to reach double figures.
Eddie Reese scored the Jaguars first basket of the year, but finished with just seven points and five turnovers.
Michael Finke scored Illinois' first field goal of the season on a right hand jam after missed jumper by Alstork. He finished with 12 points and six rebounds.
--Illinois Sports Information
Jackson State 84, Millsaps College 46
JACKSON Miss. – Jeremiah Jefferson connected on 8 of 12 shot attempts, including going 5-8 from 3-point range in his Jackson State debut, to score a game high 23 points as the Jackson State men’s basketball team defeated Millsaps College 84-46 Friday afternoon at the Lee E. Williams Athletic and Assembly Center.
Maurice Rivers came off the bench to score 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the field while Darius Austin added 10 points and five rebounds. Paris Collins finished with eight points, five rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists.
James Turner led Millsaps with 11 points.
--Jackson State Sports Information
Note: Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Hawaii was still in progress after midnight CT and will receive a recap for Saturday’s games.