Men's Basketball Recaps: Dec. 23
Georgetown 89, Alabama A&M 49
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Alabama A&M men's basketball team played its final non-conference game of the season Saturday in Washington, D.C. against Georgetown. The Bulldogs fell behind early and were never able to recover, losing 89-49. The loss drops Alabama A&M to 0-13 overall.
The Bulldogs kept things close knit through the first ten minutes of the contest. They tied the game at seven on a jumper from Julian Walters with 16:04 left, but the Bulldogs never saw another tie thereafter. After a Jalen Reeder tip-in to cut Georgetown's lead to six, the Hoyas exploded for a 23-6 scoring run over the next ten minutes and commanded a 44-21 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Hoyas maintained control of the game and never relinquished their momentum shooting over 62 percent from the field en route to the 40-point rout.
Mohamed Sherif was the only player who had double figure scoring for the Bulldogs. He led the team with 12 points. Evan Wiley contributed eight points and had a team-high six rebounds.
--Alabama A&M Sports Information
UAB 74, Mississippi Valley State 57
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Jalen Perry scored 15 points and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds to lead UAB to a 74-57 victory over Mississippi Valley State Saturday afternoon at Bartow Arena.
Nick Norton added 14 points and hit four 3-pointers to help UAB shoot at least 40.0 percent from three-point range for the third consecutive game. Nate Darling chipped in with 12 points and Lewis Sullivan finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Dante Scott led Mississippi Valley State with 17 points and seven rebounds and Gemaal Davis added 10 points and six rebounds off the bench.
Scott put the Delta Devils ahead 13-11 with a three-pointer midway through the first half. That's when UAB answered with a 14-0 run over the next eight minutes to build 25-13 advantage.
UAB (9-4) would lead by as many as 20 points twice in the final two minutes of the half, but a three-pointer by Scott on Mississippi Valley State's final possession left the Blazers ahead 40-23 at halftime. The Blazers led by double digits for the first 13 minutes of the second half until Scott pulled the Delta Devils within nine points with a jumper just outside the free throw line. UAB responded with a layup by Zack Bryant and an old fashioned three-point play from Makhtar Gueye to push the lead back to 14 and ignite a 13-5 run to close the game.
--UAB Sports Information
BYU 73, Texas Southern 52
PROVO, UT – BYU men’s basketball beat Texas Southern 73-52 behind balanced team play Saturday night at the Marriott Center to close out the nonconference portion of its schedule. The Cougars have now won eight-straight games.
Yoeli Childs added a game-high 19 points and eight rebounds. TJ Haws collected 11 points and Elijah Bryant dished out a game-high five assists. Zac Seljaas had nine points and Payton Dastrup added six boards in the win.
Luke Worthington scored four of the first seven points for BYU (11-2) as the Cougars took a 7-5 advantage just over four minutes into the game.
A Seljaas 3-pointer and Haws jumper extended the lead to eight, 19-11, against Texas Southern (0-13). The Tigers countered, however, with an 8-0 run to even the score at 19-all.
Texas Southern began to work the glass, helping the Tigers take a 28-24 lead with two minutes left in the half.
A trey and jumper from Jahshire Hardnett then pushed BYU on a 7-0 scoring run before halftime, as the Cougars led 31-28.
Haws and Bryant drove to the rim to collect a pair of buckets after the break, putting BYU up 38-33.
A turn-around Seljaas jumper extended the Cougar lead to double digits at 45-35, prompting a timeout from the Tigers with 12:25 remaining.
Childs then completed a three-point play to make it 60-46, giving BYU its first double-digit scorer of the night.
Lamont Walker had 16 points and eight rebounds and Donte Clark added 15 points to lead the Tigers.
Childs continued to post up shots in the paint, scoring back-to-back-to-back buckets to make it 73-51 before the Cougars eventually took the game moments later 73-52.
-BYU Sports Information