Men's Basketball Recaps: Feb. 17
Texas Southern 72, Mississippi Valley State 71
ITTA BENA, MS. – The visiting Tigers rallied late with a 10-1 run in the final 2:58 to close it out as Derrick Bruce made the winning basket on a 3-pointer with five seconds remaining at the Harrison HPER Complex on Saturday night.
Texas Southern (8-18, 8-5 SWAC) were led by the trio of Demontrae Jefferson (22 points), Donte Clark (18 points) and Bruce (17 points and 12 rebounds).
The Delta Devils (2-25, 2-12 SWAC) received 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists from Dante Scott.
Grambling State 71, Jackson State 64
GRAMBLING, LA – The Grambling State University men’s basketball team had four players finish in double figures and extended its school-record win streak to 11 games with a 71-64 victory over Jackson State in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game on Saturday night at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Ivy Smith Jr., the SWAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, paced Grambling State (15-12 overall, 11-3 SWAC) with 17 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal. Axel Mpoyo registered 11 points, three rebounds and one block, while Drake Wilks added eight of his 11 points in the first half as he also finished with four rebounds. Shirmane Thomas chipped in 10 points, eight boards, four assists and one steal.
Lemmie Howard led Jackson State (10-17, 7-6 SWAC) with 18 points, eight rebounds, one block and one steal. Paris Collins registered a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, with six assists, three steals and one block. Darius Austin recorded 14 points, seven boards and one assists.
Grambling State led by as many as 10 points at the end of the first half, but Jackson State was able to close the gap to one point with 8:23 remaining. JSU never got any closer in the final eight minutes as Grambling State swept the season series.
--Grambling State Sports Information
Southern 71, Alabama State 67
MONTGOMERY, ALA — Alabama State dropped a back-and-forth Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) matchup to Southern, 71-67 Saturday night at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
“This was a tough one,” Alabama State head coach Lewis Jackson said. “Everyone is trying to position themselves for the tournament and it’s getting tough down the stretch. We just have to do a better job of running our offense, especially when you play a team like Southern is as disciplined as they are.”
Reginald Gee led Alabama State (6-19, 6-7 SWAC) with 21 points on 50 (7-of-14) percent shooting from the floor and seven rebounds. Jacoby Ross also finished in double figures with 12 for the Hornets, and added seven assists, while Gene Davis chipped in nine points off the bench for Alabama State.
The Hornets shot 42.3 (22-of-52) percent from the floor and 35.7 (5-of-14) percent from beyond the arc, while also hitting on 78.3 (18-of-23) percent from the free throw line.
Meanwhile, Jared Sam led Southern (13-14, 9-5 SWAC) with 18 points, with most of his damage coming at the free throw line as he finished 10-of-14 on the night. He also finished with nine rebounds to, while Chris Thomas finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Southern shot 39.6 (21-of-53) percent from the floor and 60 (6-of-10) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 67.6 (23-of-34) percent from the free throw line.
The game had eight lead changes, and was tied nine different times including a span of seven consecutive minutes where the lead either changed hands of the game was tied.
--Alabama State Strategic Communications
Alcorn State 80, Alabama A&M 60
HUNTSVILLE, ALA – Winning its third consecutive game, the Alcorn State University men's basketball program used a big second half to take control and pull away from Alabama A&M on Saturday in an 80-60 victory at T.M. Elmore Gym.
The Braves (10-17, 6-8 SWAC) trailed AAMU (2-24, 2-11 SWAC) by one at the intermission when they came out and dominated the second half 41-20. Alcorn shot 30-of-56 (.536) from the field in the game and limited the Bulldogs to a 20-of-57 (.351) mark.
The Braves, who have shot over 50 percent from the field in three straight games, also owned the glass with a 43-25 rebounding advantage. It was Alcorn's largest positive rebounding margin of the year.
Sophomore Maurice Howard led Alcorn with 22 points which was one shy of his career-high. He was six-of-nine from long distance. Senior A.J. Mosby tallied his fourth consecutive game of at least 20 points as he ended with 20 and seven rebounds. A big contribution came from sophomore Yalen Reed has he registered 15 points, nine rebounds and a career-high four blocks. Off the bench, freshman Troyman Crosby recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. The Bulldogs were paced by Tracy Burnett's 15 points. Arthur Johnson ended with 13 points and Jalen Reeder 12.
--Alcorn State Sports Information
Prairie View A&M 76, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 71 (OT)
PINE BLUFF, ARK – UAPB’s Travon Harper forced overtime on a lay in with one second remaining in regulation, but it was the Panthers who came up big down the stretch by outscoring the Golden Lions 12-7 in the overtime period.
Prairie View A&M (11-16, 8-5 SWAC) took the lead for good on a layup from Zachary Hamilton with 2:25 left in overtime.
Martaveous McKnight cut the lead back to one with 1:59 left, but Troy Thompson connected on a 3-pointer to push the lead up to four. Harper responded back with a 3-pointer of his own to knock it back down to one with 1:19 left.
J.D. Wallace dunked it to give the Panthers a 74-71 lead with 12 seconds left. A missed 3-pointer attempt by UAPB lead to a pair of free throws to ice it from Gary Blackston.
Five Panthers reached double digits in scoring as Blackston and Dennis Jones had 17 points apiece, Thompson added 12, while Wallace and Hamilton each scored 11.
Harper lead the Golden Lions (9-19, 9-5 SWAC) with 22 points while Christian Robertson made all seven of his field goal attempts and had 14 points.