Mississippi Valley State def North Carolina A&T 66-63
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Jordan Washington scored a career-high 20 points, including Mississippi Valley State’s final six, to give the Delta Devils a 66-63 victory over North Carolina A&T on Saturday at the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic.
Mississippi Valley led 38-29 at halftime before the Aggies began to chip away at the lead. Steven Burrough made 1 of 2 free throws to get North Carolina A&T within a point with 7:12 remaining. The Delta Devils held the Aggies at bay and were leading 62-61 with 26 seconds left when Washington hit two free throws and another pair with 12 seconds remaining for the game’s final points. The Aggies missed two 3-pointers in the final seconds.
The victory was the first for Mississippi Valley and first year head coach Andre Payne (1-6). DeAngelo Priar made a trio of 3-pointer in adding 14 points.
Bruce Beckford finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Aggies (1-6). James Whitaker had 13 points and Burrough 11.
Eastern Illinois def Southern 54-43
NICEVILLE, Fla. — Trae Anderson came off the bench to score 16 points and Eastern Illinois took control in the first half Saturday to defeat Southern 54-43 in the Emerald Coast Classic.
The Panthers (2-5) raced to a 24-1 lead and were never threatened by the Jaguars (1-6).
Anderson had eight points in the game-opening run that featured two 3-pointers by Dylan Chatman and seven points by Keenen Anderson.
Southern, which shot 32 percent for the game, got its first basket 11 minutes in when Chris Thomas made a three pointer. It was 32-14 at the half.
Eastern Illinois, which went 8 of 15 from 3-point range and shot 58 percent for the game, got 11 points from Chatman.
Jared Sam had 13 points for the Jaguars without missing a shot. He made three field goals and seven free throws.
Southeast Missouri State def Alabama A&M 85-51
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Jarekious Bradley started slowly but finished with 17 points to lead Southeast Missouri to a dominating 85-51 victory over Alabama A&M on Saturday night.
Ladarius Tabb scored 16 points and Tyler Davis contributed 10 for Alabama A&M (1-4).
The Redhawks made 25 of 59 field goal attempts (42.4 percent), while limiting the Bulldogs to 15-of-48 shooting (31.3 percent).
Bradley, who had just six points in the first half, hit 3 of 6 from beyond the arc and grabbed eight rebounds in 26 minutes of play.
The Redhawks held a slim 13-10 lead midway of the first half. Jamaal Calvin’s 3 started a 17-4 run and Southeast Missouri State led 39-20 at the break. The Redhawks stretched that to 65-34 with 10:06 remaining.
Aaron Adeoye scored 12 points, Calvin added 11, Josh Langford had 10 and Nino Johnson grabbed 10 rebounds for Southeast Missouri State (3-3).
Utah def Alabama State 85-51
SALT LAKE CITY — Delon Wright scored 24 points, collected seven rebounds and dished out six assists to lead Utah to a 93-62 victory over Alabama State on Saturday night.
Jamel Waters scored 19 points to lead the Hornets, who trailed wire to wire. Alabama State (2-3) kept it close for much of the first half, but could not overcome cold shooting to open the second half.
The Hornets could do nothing to counter Utah’s quickness. The Utes forced 17 turnovers and finished with a 30-5 advantage in points off those plays.
Utah scored on five straight possessions to open the game. Kenneth Ogbe drained a 3-pointer, then stole the ball and took it in for a layup to culminate that stretch and give the Utes a quick 13-2 lead.
Alabama State quickly fought back. Jamel Waters hit a pair of three-pointers to cap a small Hornets run and cut Utah’s lead to 19-16 with 12:00 minutes left in the first half.
Dallin Bachynski prevented Alabama State from getting closer. Bachynski made baskets on back-to-back possessions to give the Utes a little more breathing room. Then Dakari Tucker added a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to push Utah’s lead back out to eight at 26-18.
The Hornets cooked up one more first-half run. Alabama State scored seven unanswered points, capped by a 3-pointer from Bobby Brown off a steal, to cut Utah’s lead back to three at 32-29 with 5:53 left before halftime.
Alabama State missed 12 consecutive shots to open the second half before Wendell Lewis broke the ice on a jumper with 14:29 left. Dakarai Tucker scored three straight baskets to fuel an 11-0 Utah run before the Hornets could get another basket. Tucker’s outburst helped give the Utes a 68-38 lead with 11:52 remaining.
Alabama State def UT Pan American 91-79
SALT LAKE CITY — Wendell Lewis and Jamel Waters scored 14 points apiece to lead Alabama State past Texas-Pan American 91-79 in the University of Utah Tournament on Friday night.
Lewis finished with nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Waters added eight assists and three steals.
Luther Page and Bobby Brown scored 13 each and DeMarcus Robinson had 10 for Alabama State (2-2).
The Hornets had a season-high 20 assists and out-rebounded UTPA 47-34.
A jumper by Shaquille Hines gave the Broncs (3-2) a two-point lead with about 11 minutes left in the first half, but Alabama State ripped a 20-5 run over the next 5 minutes to make it 39-26.
UTPA pulled within seven, 59-52, when Shaquille Boga hit a 3 early in the second half, but a 14-3 run by Alabama State sealed it.
Janari Joesaar scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss.
Texas Southern def Lamar 71-59
HOUSTON — Chris Thomas scored 23 points and finished with 10 rebounds to lead Texas Southern in a 71-59 victory over Lamar on Friday.
Thomas shot 9 of 17 from the field and had four steals and notched his first double-double on the young season. Malcolm Riley added 15 points for the Tigers (1-5), and shot 7 of 8 from the free-throw line.
Lamar’s LeMon Gregory hit a jumper with 7:58 left to bring the Cardinals within five, 52-47. Texas Southern scored the next seven points to stay ahead. The Tigers outscored Lamar 42-34 in the paint.
Tyran de Lattibeaudiere led Lamar with 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Quan Jones chipped in 10 as the Cardinals went 22 of 48 (45.8 percent) from the floor, but just 3 of 13 from behind the arc.
The Cardinals (2-4) head to No. 13 Iowa State on Tuesday, and Texas Southern travels to Baylor on Monday.
Brown def Prairie View 81-71
LAS VEGAS — Leland King scored 17 points and Steven Spieth added 16 to lead Brown in an 81-71 victory over Prairie View in the Las Vegas Invitational on Friday.
King was 6 of 10 from the floor and made all five at the line. JR Hobbie added 12 points and Rafael Maia chipped in 11 for the Bears (2-5).
Brown held a one-point lead at the half but pulled away in the second, finishing at 56-percent shooting from the field and 82.6 percent (19 of 23) from the line. The Panthers were just 10 of 21 on free throws.
Tre Hagood finished with 23 points for Prairie View (0-7), John Brisco added 16, and Reggis Onwukamuche chipped in 12. Hagood had four steals as the Panthers combined for 16, compared to three steals for Brown.
The Bears snapped a five-game losing streak with the win.
Texas A&M CC def Mississippi Valley State 75-66
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Bryce Douvier scored 19 points and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi beat Mississippi Valley State 75-66 on Friday, advancing in the Corpus Christi Challenge.
The Islanders (3-2) face Radford, which defeated North Carolina A&T earlier in the day, on Saturday in the Visitors’ Bracket title game.
Douvier was 6 of 9 from the floor where the Islanders shot 51 percent. John Jordan scored 14 and Rashawn Thomas had 14 and 10 boards.
Jeffrey Simmons led MVSU (0-6) with 14 points.
Corpus Christi used a 16-4 run early in the first half, including treys by Brandon Pye and Jelani Currie, to build a double-digit lead, but MVSU closed the half with a 16-6 run and trailed by five at intermission.
The Islanders led 56-51 with 7:53 left but a 12-6 run pushed the lead to 12 with 2:52 left. They made eight consecutive free throws inside 2 minutes to ice it.
Northern Arizona 70 Southern 63
NICEVILLE, Fla. — Kris Yanku scored 18 points and Ako Kaluna 17 in leading Northern Arizona to a 70-63 overtime victory over Southern in the third round of the Emerald Coast Classic.
Quinton Upshur added 13 points for the Lumberjacks (2-4).
NAU’s Aaseem Dixon scored all five of his points and Yanku added four in the extra period to spur the Lumberjacks to the win.
A three pointer and free throw by Yanku had given Northern Arizona a 10-point lead with 11:21 left in regulation. But the Jaguars tied the game with 59 seconds left on a basket by Trelun Banks. Kaluna scored off an offensive rebound with 41 seconds left before Tre Lynch’s basket with 7 seconds left sent the game into overtime.
Banks scored 14 points and Lynch 13 for Southern (1-5), which made only 3 of 21 3-point attempts.
Saturday, Northern Arizona plays North Carolina Central. Southern plays Eastern Illinois.
Hofstra def Jackson State 86-56
JACKSON, Miss. — Brian Bernardi scored 26 points and Ameen Tanksley added 21 to lead Hofstra to an 86-56 rout of Jackson State on Friday night.
Bernardi hit six 3-pointers and Tanksley five from beyond the arc for the Pride (4-2), who snapped a 17-game non-conference road losing skid.
Hofstra led 37-25 at the break. Jackson State had a 13-6 run to pull within six, 44-38, with 12:45 to play. Tanksley hit a 3 and scored on a putback to make it 49-38 with less the 12 minutes left before using a 31-6 run to pull away.
Juan’ya Green finished with 14 points and had six assists and three steals for Hofstra.
Yettra Specks scored 14 points and Kaven Bernard added 12 for Jackson State (1-5), which shot just 29 percent from the field and was out-rebounded 41-31.