Trant Simpson scored the first 11 points of the game for Alabama A&M en route to a career high 29 points and led the Bulldogs to a 74-62 victory Saturday at Elmore Gym. The win was the second straight for A&M and gets the Bulldogs to 3-5 in the SWAC and 6-12 overall. Evan Hilton recorded a double-double for the Bulldogs with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Despite being outrebounded 52-40 and giving up 18 offensive boards, AAMU forced 19 turnovers while committing just eight on the night. Along with Simpson and Hilton, the Bulldogs got double digit scoring from Andrew Williams with 12 and Mickell Gladness with 10. Gladness also blocked five shots.
The Bulldogs opened the game hot as Simpson led them to a 16-6 lead in the first seven minutes. The Panthers, however, responded and actually led 33-32 at the half. Prairie View would shoot just 27 percent in the second half as A&M pulled away for the victory.
The back-to-back wins are the first for A&M since December 1 after beating Tuskegee and Stillman in consecutive games.