Around the SWAC
Alcorn State 103, Rust College 66
LORMAN, MS – Maurice Howard scored a game-high 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field while Troymain Crosby added 22 points, six rebounds, six assists, two steals as the Braves built a 31-point halftime advantage before comfortably winning at the Davey Whitney Complex.
Reginald Johnson came off the bench and scored 15 points in 18 minutes of action. Johnson was 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. Jael Scott and Kobe Wilson scored 10 points apiece.
LSU 78, Grambling State 57
BATON ROUGE, LA – The Grambling State University men’s basketball team could not survive two huge runs by LSU in a 78-57 loss on Saturday afternoon at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
LSU opened the game on a 14-2 run and took a 35-25 advantage into the break. LSU began the second half on an 11-2 run and pushed the margin to as many as 21 points in extending its home winning streak to 13 games.
Anthony Gaston scored seven of his team-high 12 points in the first half to pace the Grambling State offense. Lasani Johnson added nine points, three rebounds and two steals, while Travon Bunch chipped in eight points, two blocks and two boards.
Tremont Waters led LSU with a game-high 15 points, on 6-of-8 shooting, along with five assists, four rebounds and three steals. Darius Days tallied 13 points, nine boards, three steals and one assist, while Skylar Mays registered 10 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal. Kavell Bigby-Williams finished with nine points, a game-high nine blocks and five rebounds.
–Grambling State Sports Info
Austin Peay 73, Alabama A&M 61
HUNTSVILLE, ALA. – Chris Porter-Bunton paced Austin Peay with 16 points as the Governors held off Alabama A&M 73-61 Saturday night in a non-conference men’s basketball game.
Austin Peay (4-4) led by 21 late in the first half, but Alabama A&M (0-8) rallied back after halftime, pulling to within four with about 10 minutes remaining in the game.
But the deficit was too much to overcome.
Turnovers and free-throw shooting hurt Alabama A&M’s comeback bid. The Bulldogs turned the ball over 26 times and shot 56 percent from the foul line.
Jarrett Givens finished with 12 points for Austin Peay, and Steve Harris added 10.
Jalen Reeder led Alabama A&M with 18 points, while Arthur Johnson scored 16. Andre Kennedy added 13.
–Alabama A&M Sports Info
Murray State 83, Prairie View A&M 67
MURRAY, KY – The Prairie View A&M men’s basketball team lost at Murray State, as the Pacers pulled away 83-67 Saturday night.
Devonte Patterson had his fifth consecutive double-digit scoring game with 18 points, and Gary Blackston had his seventh double-digit game of the season with 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds to lead PVAMU.
The game featured 16 ties and eight lead changes in first 20+ minutes, as neither team led by double digits in the first half. Prairie View A&M took its largest lead of the game late in the first half. An 8-0 run started by a Blackston three-pointer and ended with pair of Patterson free throws gave the Panthers a 36-30 lead with 2:46 to play until halftime.
However, an 8—0 run by Murray State to end the half gave the Racers a 38-36 halftime lead.
A Patterson basket to begin the second half tied the game at 38-38, but Prairie View A&M was unable to regain the lead.
–Prairie View A&M Sports Info
Louisiana-Lafayette 88, Southern 78
LAFAYETTE, LA – The Jaguars trailed by 11 at the break and were able to get it down to a five-point deficit the rest of the way after an Isaiah Rollins layup made it 77-72 with 4:52 remaining in the game.
The Rajun Cajuns (5-3) would outscore Southern 11-6 in the final minutes. Marcus Stroman nearly posted a triple-double with 14 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
Richard Lee had a team-high 18 points, Eddie Reese tallied 17 points and Bryan Assie recorded eight points, 10 rebounds and two blocks to lead the Jaguars (1-7).
Arizona State 83, Texas Southern 71
TEMPE, AZ – Zylan Cheatham registered a triple double with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Sun Devils (7-0) to a wire-to-wire victory.
For Texas Southern (3-5), Devocio Butler had 18 points, three assists, three steals. Jalyn Patterson added 14 points, four rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Justin Hopkins scored 13 with six boards and Derrick Bruce chipped in with 12 points.
Cal Baptiste 107, Mississippi Valley State 71
RIVERSIDE, CA – Milan Acquaah netted a game-best 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting including 6-of-9 from long range to lead the Lancers, who shot 53 percent for the game.
Dante Scott had 16 points and Tereke Eckwood added 13 to lead the Delta Devils (2-7), who shot 32 percent from the floor.