Notre Dame def Grambling State 81-54
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Grambling State’s zone defense and ball-control offense caught Notre Dame a bit off guard Wednesday night, but the Irish rode accurate shooting to an 81-54 win.
Four of those 3-pointers came from Demetrius Jackson, who led the Irish (5-1) with 17 points.
The teams traded baskets over the first five minutes before the Irish got a big boost from their bench. With the score tied at 10, Notre Dame went on a 16-4 run over a 4:48 span, with 10 of those points coming from reserves Martinas Geben (5), V.J. Beachem (3) and Austin Burgett (2).
Hitting 7-of-14 from 3-point range in the first half helped Notre Dame build its lead up to 20 with 5:33 left in the first half, leading to a 44-30 margin at the break.
Notre Dame hit 46 percent from beyond the arc for the game — compared to their 40-percent season average — and edged Grambling State (1-4) 30-29 in rebounds, after averaging 35.2 rebounds per game this season.
Grambling State’s A’Torri Shine led all scorers with 21.
SMU def Texas Southern 72-59
DALLAS — Nic Moore scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, with seven steals and six assists, to lead SMU over Texas Southern 72-59 on Wednesday.
SMU (3-3) shot 52 percent from the floor, including 7 of 14 from beyond the arc, where Moore was 3 of 4. Keith Frazier added 16 points and Yanick Moreira had 15 points and seven boards.
Texas Southern (0-5) was led by Madarious Gibbs with 16 points and nine assists. Chris Thomas and Deverell Biggs both added 11 points for the Tigers, while Malcolm Riley chipped in 10 points.
SMU led by just one after 10 minutes but went on a 16-2 run, punctuated by Moore’s 3-pointer, and led 32-25 at the break.
A 10-2 run at the start of the second half, capped by Frazier’s trey, pushed the lead into double figures and SMU cruised from there.
North Texas def Mississippi Valley State 67-52
DENTON, Texas — Muhammed Ahmed scored 15 points and North Texas beat Mississippi Valley State 67-52 on Wednesday.
Ahmed grabbed nine boards as the Mean Green (4-1) out-rebounded the Delta Devils (0-5) 49-35. Colin Voss added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Mississippi Valley State shot just 26 percent. Jordan Washington finished with 16 points on 4 of 13 shooting. DeAngelo Priar scored 12 on 3 of 13 from the floor and Issac Williams had 12 points and eight rebounds.
MVSU actually lead after 5 minutes, 9-3, on three Priar 3-pointers. But North Texas responded with a 14-2 run — including 3s by T.J. Taylor and Maurice Aniefiok — and led 41-27 at the break.
The Delta Devils cut the deficit to eight on Washington’s trey with 10:12 left, but a 7-0 run by North Texas pushed the lead back into double digits.
North Dakota def Alabama State 75-68
SALT LAKE CITY — Jaron Nash scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half as North Dakota built a big lead early and held on to defeat Alabama State 75-68 in the Utah tournament on Wednesday night.
Nash hit three layups and two 3-pointers to help North Dakota(2-2) grab an early 20-6 lead.Quinton Hooker hit four free throws during a 10-1 run that made it 42-16 late in the first half.
Alabama State (1-2) put together an 11-1 surge to pull within nine with 4:32 left. North Dakota’s Terrel de Rouen answered with a three-point play and Lenny Antwi hit a 3-pointer.
Antwi scored 14 points and Chad Calcaterra added 10. Nash cooled off in the second half, but finished 7 of 13 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Jamel Waters had 15 points and seven assists while Luther Page added 14 points with 14 boards for the
Ohio def Arkansas Pine Bluff 69-60
ATHENS, Ohio — Maurice Ndour scored 21 points with 12 rebounds as Ohio held off Arkansas-Pine Bluff 69-60 on Tuesday night.
Ndour hit 7 of 12 shots and was a perfect 7-for-7 at the foul line as Ohio (2-1) scored 21 points at the line in the win.
Marcel Mosley led Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-5) with 20 points and the Golden Lions hung close, trailing just 30-28 at halftime.
Ghiavonni Robinson (13 points) provided some fire during a 9-0 run just after halftime — nailing a 3-pointer and then a dunk as the Golden Lions went up by five.
But Javarez Willis (16 points) hit one of his four 3-pointers with 11:42 to play that gave Ohio the lead 46-45. Though the Bobcats were often tied they never trailed again, and finally broke clear in the last 4:22 on free throws by Ryan Taylor and Ndour and a layup by Willis.
St. Bonaventure def Jackson State 79-71
ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – For the first time this season five members of the Jackson State men’s basketball team scored in double figures, but it was not enough as the Tigers fell 79-71 to the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in non-conference action Tuesday night at the Reilly Center.
Treshawn Bolden and Javeres Brent each scored a team high 16 points for the Tigers. Bolden went 4-7 from the field and 8-10 from the free throw line, while Brent was 5-14 from the field and 4-11 from three-point range. Derell Taylor, Yettra Specks and Kaven Bernard each added 10 points for JSU (1-4). Taylor also pulled down a team high five rebounds.
After trailing by seven points at halftime, the Tigers went on a 7-2 run over the first four minutes of the second half to cut the Bonnies lead to 43-41. Specks nailed a three to tie the game at 46-46 with 13:53 left on the clock. Following a Bonnies three, Brent hit a three of his own to tie the game at 51-51.
Bernard hit a pair of free throws to give JSU a 53-52 lead with 11:32 left in the game. The lead was the first for the Tigers. The game went back-and-forth over the next four minutes, but SBU reclaimed the lead for good when Andell Cumberbatch made a layup to make the score 59-57. The Bonnies increased its lead to seven points with 2:31 left in the game.
The Tigers were outrebounded 42-26 for the game. JSU shot 40.4% from the field (23-57) and SBU connected at a 44.4% rate (20-45).
At the half, Bolden led the Tigers with nine points on 2-3 shooting from the field and going 5-6 from the line. Brent added seven points and Derell Taylor chipped in six and three rebounds. The Tigers were outrebounded 21-9 in the opening stanza.
Jacksonville State def Alabama A&M 67-61
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Darion Rackley scored 26 points, one off his career high, and had five steals as Jacksonville State took a big early lead and then held on to beat Alabama A&M 67-61 on Tuesday night.
The Gamecocks (2-3) led by as many as 16 in the first half, but fell behind after the break when Nicholas West and Ladarius Tabb each scored back-to-back buckets for Alabama A&M (1-3).
West scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Tabb had 18 points, a dozen boards and four steals for the Bulldogs.
Jacksonville State took the lead for keeps when Avery Moore (12 points) hit a 3-pointer and then sank all three free throws after he was fouled with 10:40 to go.
Alabama A&M whittled an 11-point gap down to four, 62-58, with 44 seconds left, but Gamecocks Rackley, JaQuail Townser and Undra Mitchem sank 5 of 6 from the line.
Tulane def Southern 74-59
NEW ORLEANS — Jonathan Stark scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had five assists to lead Tulane past Southern University 74-59 on Tuesday night.
Stark, Tulane’s leading scorer last season at 14.5 per game, entered the contest averaging just 7.3.
Tre Drye also scored 14 for Tulane (3-1) and Jay Hook made all nine of his free throws on the way to 12 points. Payton Henson came off the bench to score 11 points.
Southern (1-4) was led by Trelun Banks with 15 points. Cameron Monroe had 11 points and three steals, and Joell Hopkins added 10 points.
Banks made two consecutive baskets to pull Southern within 70-57 with 2:03 left, but Hook and Drye made 4 of 4 free throws the rest of the way to seal it.
Tulane led by double-digits the entire second half.
Alcorn State def Dillard 95-73
LORMAN, Miss. — Leantwan Luckett scored 21 points, Tyrel Hunt had 20 and Reginald Johnsonadded 18 in Alcorn State’s first win of the season, 95-73 over NAIA Dillard on Monday.
Luckett, who played only 21 minutes, also had seven assists for the Braves (1-4). Hunt was 7 of 9 from the field and 5 of 5 from the free-throw line.
Alcorn State led 55-34 at halftime, shot 35 of 67 from the field and outrebounded Dillard 38-25.
Robert Pratt was 7 of 9 from the field to lead Dillard with 17 points and six rebounds. Tyrone Williams scored 12 and JaCarre Crockett added 11.
The Blue Devils struggled from 3-point range, going 3-of-20.
TCU def Mississippi Valley State 106-53
FORT WORTH, Texas — Mississippi Valley State put up a outstanding effort in the second half, but was unable to capture a road win Monday night at TCU.
The Delta Devils dropped a 106-53 decision at the Wilkerson-Greines Center in the first of four games in Texas over the course of the this week.
Valley’s Jordan Washington continued his double-digit scoring streak, leading the Delta Devils with 13 points. It marked the fourth straight game with at least 10 points for the Memphis native, who leads the team in scoring (14.8 ppg). He made 4-of-11 shots Monday and contributed four rebounds.
Jeffrey Simmons added eight points for MVSU while Tyler Corley chipped in seven off the bench.
Valley rebounded from a 60-20 halftime deficit and scored 33 second half points. After shooting 20 percent in the first half, the Delta Devils made 37 percent of its shots in the second half.
The Delta Devils will be in Denton, Texas on Wednesday taking on North Texas. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m
The Delta Devils have yet to play a home game, and they won’t until December 20 when they host North Carolina Central. After traveling to Indiana, Mississippi State and Tulane, MVSU is in the midst of a Texas road swing with games against TCU and North Texas before a tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Ball State def Grambling State 88-46
MUNCIE, Ind. — Jeremie Tyler hit four of Ball State’s 14 three pointers and scored 18 points to lead the Cardinals to an 88-46 win over Grambling State on Monday.
Five of Ball State’s first seven shots were 3-pointers to build a 19-13 lead. Then the Cardinals outscored Grambling State 22-9 to close the half.
Ball State was 14 of 28 from 3-point range and made 54.5 percent of its 55 field goal attempts.
Rocco Belcaster made four three pointers and scored 15 points for Ball State (2-2). Sean Sellers hit three long-range shots and finished with 12. Franko House also had 12 points and Bik Gill added 11.
Telvin Marshall scored 16 points on 8-of-15 shooting for Grambling State (1-3). The Tigers committed 18 turnovers and were out-rebounded 35-23.
Memphis 77 Prairie View 49
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shaq Goodwin came off the Memphis bench to score 16 points on 6-for-6 shooting and the Tigers ran away with a 77-49 win over Prairie View A&M Monday night.
Goodwin’s layup with 13:37 left in the first half capped a 15-2 run to open the game for Memphis (1-1). He scored 10 of his team-high points in the first half as the Tigers built a 38-23 lead at intermission.
Tre Hagood tossed in 16 points to lead Prairie View as the Panthers remained winless through their first five games. John Brisco added 11 points as Prairie View shot just 34.5 percent from the field (20 of 58) and just 3 of 18 from long range.
Memphis shot 50 percent from the floor, connecting on 24 of 48 shots while hitting 5 of 15 from deep. The Tigers also converted 24 of 32 from the line.