Men's Basketball Recaps: Dec. 18
Alcorn State 83, Blue Mountain 56
LORMAN, MS. – Senior A.J. Mosby tied his career-high with 22 points and was one of four student-athletes in double-figures for the Alcorn State University men's basketball program as it posted an 83-56 win over Blue Mountain on Monday evening at the Davey L. Whitney Complex.
Alcorn (4-8), which won its second straight game, was led by the guard trio of Mosby, senior Avery Patterson and sophomore Maurice Howard. Patterson netted 10 points and matched his career-high with six assists, while Howard poured in 18 points.
Junior Dante Sterling also reached double-figures with 11 points on four-of-six shooting. All 10 student-athletes that played for the Braves scored.
Mosby was 9-of-13 from the field and hit a pair of three-pointers. Both he and Patterson dished out six assists each.
On the glass, freshman Kobe Wilson pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds. Sophomore Devon Brewer secured seven boards and also swatted a pair of blocks.
BMC was guided by Viktor Lorenzon who scored 13 points. Quan Cothron ended with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Jaylon Bardley had 11 points.
The Braves got off to a slow start and trailed 11-6 early. They used a 12-2 run to jump ahead 16-13 at the 12:08 mark after four consecutive jumpers by Howard including a pair of three-pointers.
Alcorn was up 29-23 when it broke it open with a 12-0 spurt which included four points from Brewer to take control 41-23 with 2:31 left. A pair of free throws with seven seconds to go by Mosby kept the Braves in front 43-28 at the intermission.
Still in front 46-32, the Braves went on a 14-0 run after Patterson and Mosby both hit long-range shots to increase the advantage to 60-32 with 15:39 remaining. Alcorn's largest lead of the game, 81-47, came after a lay-up by junior TyQuaylon Smith at the 4:07 mark.
The Braves shot .508 (33-65) from the field and limited BMC to a .333 (20-60) clip.
--Alcorn State Sports Information
#15 TCU 91, Texas Southern 72
FORT WORTH, TX – For a half, winless Texas Southern refused to follow the script against undefeated No. 15 TCU. The Tigers just couldn't keep pace for a whole game.
Consecutive 3-pointers from TCU's Alex Robinson and Kenrich Williams sparked a second-half surge, giving the Horned Frogs (11-0) some breathing room on their way to a 91-72 win. The victory extended the nation's longest winning streak to 16 games dating to last season.
''We've taken care of business,'' said TCU coach Jamie Dixon, now in his second season at his alma mater. ''I like our guys. I like our rotation. I like where we're at. We expect to win. This is what we came here to do.''
JD Miller led TCU with 20 points. Vladimir Brodziansky had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Horned Frogs, who led by just two at halftime.
Texas Southern (0-12) went on a 16-5 run late in the first half, punctuated by Robert Lewis' 3-pointer with 2:24 left to give the Tigers their first lead since 2-0. But the Horned Frogs closed out the half with a 6-0 run in the final minute, including two free throws by Desmond Bane after the officials put 0.1 seconds back on the clock.
''They threw a defense at us that we weren't accustomed to - a matchup zone,'' Robinson said.
TCU responded in the second half, with back-to-back 3s from Robinson and Williams that led to a 28-10 run and a lead that reached 25 points.
''We can't have a three- or four-minute lapse like we did tonight and give up a big run,'' Texas Southern coach Mike Davis said. ''We got nothing in the first five minutes of the second half.''
Trae Jefferson, averaging 22.8 points per game, finished with 29 for Texas Southern. He had 13 points before the break, shooting 3 of 5 from 3-point range.
''He can be pretty much unguardable,'' Dixon said.
Grand Canyon 71, Mississippi Valley State 38
Phoenix, AZ – Dante Scott led the Delta Devils (0-11) with 13 points, five rebounds and two blocks, but Mississippi Valley State struggled to find their shot on a night where the team shot just 27 percent from the floor as a team.
Joshua Braun led the Lopes (8-3) with 16 points as he made 3-of-8 from 3-point range and 7-of-9 from the free throw line. Braun also snagged six rebounds.
GCU has now won 20 consecutive home games that follow a road or neutral-site loss. The Lopes lost 85-80 in double overtime Wednesday at Boise State (10-1).