Men's Basketball Recaps: Nov. 27
#11 Cincinnati 83, Alabama State 51
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Alabama State fell to hot-shooting 11th-ranked Cincinnati 83-51 at BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky University in front of 7,012 fans Monday night.
“It was a tough ball game,” Alabama State head coach Lewis Jackson said. “When you play one of the top 15 teams in the country on the road, you know it is going to be tough. But I thought our guys played hard from start to finish, we didn’t do everything right and we made some mistakes early on that cost us.
“We went zone early that gave them open shots. But for most part we competed and executed some things on offense. There was some growth tonight, although the score may not indicate to the regular person, but we had some guys step up and do some things well. I thought we rebounded the ball well at times. We will take this and continue to build on it.”
The Hornets ended the night shooting 38.6 (29-of-59) percent from the floor and 41.7 (5-of-12) percent from beyond the arc. However, it wasn’t enough to overcome the shooting of Cincinnati who finished 49.2 (29-of-59) percent from the floor and 27.3 (6-of-22) percent from beyond the arc. The Bearcats also shot 73.1 (19-of-26) percent from the free throw line.
Branden Johnson led Alabama State (0-7) with 10 points and eight rebounds, while also adding a pair of blocks. Ed Jones added nine, while Jacoby Ross and Fausto Pichardo added seven off the bench.
Cincinnati was able to pull away early in the first half after the Hornets came back and tied the game at 4-all on an Ed Jones short jumper as the shot clock expired with 18:20 remaining in the first half. The Bearcats went on a 17-2 over the next seven minutes to take a 21-6 lead. The Hornets went four minutes without a basket until Pichardo hit back-to-back baskets, with the first coming with 10:51 to play in the half, to trim the deficit to 21-10.
Alabama State trimmed the deficit to single digits with just over nine minutes to play in the opening half with a three-pointer from Jacoby Ross and a jumper from Terrance LeFlore, trimming the deficit to 24-15. Cincinnati pushed the lead back to 15 until LeFlore knocked down a three with 7:40 remaining in the half to trim the deficit to 30-18, the closest Alabama State could get for the rest of the contest.
--Alabama State Strategic Communications
North Texas 82, Grambling State 77
DENTON, Texas – The Grambling State University men’s basketball team led by two at the break and trailed by as many as 14 in the second half before falling to North Texas, 82-77, on Monday night at the Super Pit.
Grambling State (1-5), which picked up its first win last Saturday, led 38-36 at the half, but the Tigers surrendered a 23-2 run to begin the second half. Despite the huge run, Grambling State tied the game late at 72, and had a chance to tie the game as Anthony Gaston missed a 3-pointer with five seconds left. The Mean Green escaped the close call as Roosevelt Smart sank a pair of free throws with four seconds left to give North Texas the win.
Diontae Jones paced Grambling State with 16 points, on 6-of-11 shooting, team-high four 3-pointers and six rebounds. Ivy Smith, Jr., recorded 15 points, team-high seven assists and three boards, while Shirmane Thomas tallied 12 pints, on 5-of-6 shooting, and two rebounds.
Smart led North Texas (3-3) with 23 points, including 8-for-8 from the free-throw line, and three boards. A.J. Lawson added 12 points, three rebounds and two assists. Ryan Woolridge chipped in with 11 points, seven assists and three rebounds, while Jorden Duffey tallied 10 points and a pair of assists.
-Grambling State Sports Information