The Albany State University Men’s Basketball team has continued to stumbled out of the blocks of the 2022-23 season with a 87-56 throttling at the hands of the University of West Alabama.
ASU lead this game for all of 2 minutes and 36 seconds before West Alabama tied the game at 4 on the second of a pair of free throws by Kuran Garner. Albany State would tie the game at 6 on a layup from Jovian Johnson with 16:37 left in the first half and that is the closest the Golden Rams would be to the Tigers for the balance of the contest, as UWA went on a 12-0 run to take an 18-6 lead. The Rams got as close as thirteen points at 24-11, but could not chip away at the deficit anymore and ultimately when into the half down 37-21.
Albany State did themselves no favors offensively in the first half, connecting on just 33% (8-24) of their field goal attempts, including 0/6 from downtown. The Golden Rams picked up their shooting in the second half, going 14-29 from the floor but the had no answers defensively for the Tigers, as they were outscored 50-35 in the game’s closing half , as West Alabama spent the final 18 minutes and 39 seconds of the second half enjoying a 20-point lead.
West Alabama led five Tigers in double figures with 16 points, with Shardarrion Allen and Kuran Garner adding 14 apiece; Terry Durham put in 11 and Trevor Dennis chipped in with 10 points.
In a losing effort, Maurice Dickson lead the way with 18 points on 7-14, 3-6 3P; Maxwell Harris chipped in 12 points on an efficient 4-7 from the field and 2-4 from downtown.
Up next for the Golden Rams is a trip to Atlanta, but not to take on Clark Atlanta or Morehouse, but to take on the CIAA’s Virginia Union on November 18 at 1:00 pm EST and Livingstone on November 19 at 2:00 pm EST.