Men's Basketball Recaps: Dec. 12
Alcorn State 77, Fisk 69
Lorman, MS – Trailing at the half, the Alcorn State University men's basketball program came out hot in the second to beat Fisk University 77-69 Tuesday at the Davey L. Whitney Complex. The Braves (3-8) were behind the Bulldogs (7-3) 33-29 at the intermission when they outscored them 48-36 in the second frame. Alcorn shot .594 (19-32) from the field in the second half, compared to a .353 (12-34) mark in the first.
Senior A.J. Mosby led the charge with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists. He committed just one turnover in 31 minutes, and 15 of his points came in the second half. Mosby was 8-for-12 from the field in the contest. Mosby was one of four Braves in double-figures along with junior Dante Sterling with 15 points, freshman Troymain Crosby with 12 points and a career-high seven rebounds, and senior Avery Patterson with 11 points.
Alcorn committed just eight turnovers which was a season-low. The Bulldogs, who lost 60-53 to Jackson State last night, were guided by Ryainni Scott's double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Patterson scored the first seven points for the Braves and got them out in front 7-2 early.
Alcorn was in front 11-6 when the Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run to take a 15-11 edge at the 10:49 mark. After a layup by Mosby cut the deficit to 23-19, Fisk responded with a 10-2 spurt to take its biggest advantage of the game 33-21 with 3:15 left.
The Braves ended the half on an 8-0 run which included three-pointers by Sterling and Crosby. Alcorn tied the game 35-35 on a layup by Sterling with 17:47 remaining.
The Braves took the lead for good on a layup by Mosby to go up 41-40 at the 14:44 mark. An 11-3 run by Alcorn created some separation at 52-43 after a three-pointer by Crosby with 12:07 to go.
A long-range shot by Patterson increased the edge to 61-45 with 7:56 left. Fisk made one last push and got the deficit down to single-figures, 72-64, with 1:43 remaining. The teams exchanged baskets the rest of the way for a 77-69 final.
Tennessee State 64, Alabama State 45
Montgomery, Ala. – Alabama State led early but a pair of runs by Tennessee State proved too much for the Hornets, as they fell to the visitors 64-45 at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome in non-conference action Tuesday night.
Reginald Gee led Alabama State (0-9) with nine points, while Rodney Simeon finished with eight in his first game back this season. Simeon also added seven rebounds, while Branden Johnson finished with seven points and four rebounds.
Christian Mekowlulu finished with a double-double for Tennessee State with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Kamar McKnight finished with 14 and Ken’Darrius Hamilton 10.
Alabama State took an early lead in the first half, leading 19-16 with 9:30 to play on a Rodney Simeon three-pointer. However, a pair of 8-0 runs by Tennessee State extended the Tigers lead with the first coming in the first half that gave the visitors the lead for good with 8:34 to play in the opening stanza.
The Hornets trimmed the lead to four with 11 seconds remaining in the first half on a Steve Rogers three-pointer, trimming the deficit to 33-29. They trimmed the lead to 33-31 seconds into the second half on a Branden Johnson 6-foot jump shot, but it was the second 8-0 run by Tennessee State over the next four minutes that extended the lead to double digits at 41-31 with 14:01 to play in the game.
Alabama State was able to get to within seven on a pair of occasions late in the second half, but Tennessee State (5-3) had an answer for every run that the Hornets would attempt.
The Hornets shot 21.3 (10-of-47) percent from the floor and 33.3 (7-of-21) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 66.7 (18-of-27) percent from the free throw line, while Tennessee State finished at 36.8 (14-of-38) percent from the floor and 26.3 (5-of-19) percent from beyond the arc. They also finished at 79.5 (31-of-39) percent from the free throw line.
--Alabama State Strategic Communications
ULM 59, Grambling State 57
MONROE, La. – Devante Jackson tied the game at 57 with four seconds remaining, but Jordan Harris’ layup with one second left lifted the Louisiana-Monroe men’s basketball team to a thrilling 59-57 victory over Grambling State on Tuesday at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
The Tigers (3-7), who fell behind 10-0 to begin the game, trailed for 39 minutes and 56 seconds before tying the game at 57 on a Devante Jackson layup. However, the Warhawks (4-5) still had enough time to beat the buzzer as Harris put up a layup with one seconds remaining to give Louisiana-Monroe the victory.
Jackson led the way for the Tigers offensively with 14 points, on 6-of-10 shooting, three rebounds and one assist. Ivy Smith, Jr., who was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) College Sports Madness Player of the Week on Monday, recorded 11 points, seven assists, five rebounds and one steal. Axel Mpoyo tallied 10 points, four boards and a pair of blocks.
Travis Munnings paced Louisiana-Monroe with 19 points, including 7-of-15 from the floor, eight boards and three steals. Sam McDaniel registered 17 points, four assists, one board and one steal.
--Grambling State Sports Information