Iowa  67 Alcorn State 44

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Alcorn State leading scorer LeAntwan Luckett scored 12 points,  six below his average and Alcorn State University fell 67-44 to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Tuesday night.

Jarrod Uthoff scored 13 points and Gabe Olaseni added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who have won 31 consecutive nonconference home games.

The Braves (1-6) shot 33 percent from the floor.

Aaron White, who has scored in double figures every game this season, made 9 of 10 free throws. The senior is shooting 87.7 percent from the foul line this season on a Big Ten-leading 73 attempts.

Within 16 minutes, Alcorn State was behind by double digits. The Hawkeyes missed seven straight field goals during one stretch and shot 1 of 6 in the final two minutes before halftime. Iowa shot 38 percent in the first half.

Iowa put together a 17-2 run during an eight-minute stretch where Alcorn State didn’t hit a field goal. The Braves missed 10 straight shots.

Iowa struggled from outside, tying a season-low by making only 3 of 19 attempts.

Peter Jok, coming off a career-high 15 points on four 3-pointers against Maryland-Baltimore County, hit only 1 of 5 three pointers against Alcorn State. Josh Oglesby misfired on all five of his attempts.

Alcorn State wasn’t any better. The Braves failed to make a three pointer for the first time all season, missing all eight attempts.

Alcorn Forward Tyrel Hunt played only seven minutes in the first half after picking up two early fouls. Hunt was whistled for his third foul just over a minute into the second half. Hunt, who averages 11.5 points per game, finished with only six points in 14 minutes.

Alabama State 80 Jacksonville State 55

Alabama State had five double-digit scorers led by Maurice Strong’s season-high 16 as the Hornets knocked off Jacksonville State 80-55.

The Hornets shot 52 percent from the field and also hit four of their nine three point attempts for 44.4 percent.  If the Hornets struggled it was from the free throw line where they only shot 56 percent (14-25).

DeMarcus Robinson scored 13 points on six-of-nine shooting.  Brandon Graham, Jamel Waters and Bobby Brown all scored 11 points each.  Waters scored all of his points in the second half, missing most of the first half with foul trouble.  He also had a game-high six assists.

ASU (3-3) out-rebounded Jacksonville State (5-4) 47-37.  Strong, Luther Page and Brown all grabbing eight each to lead ASU.

ASU’s defense held the Gamecocks to only31 percent shooting from the field.  JSU was coming off an impressive win over Winthrop and had won five consecutive games before ASU was able to slow them down.

JSU’s Jeremy Watson caused the Hornets a lot of problems as he scored a game-high 28 points and had another game-high in rebounds with 18.

The Hornets took a 41-25 lead into halftime after shooting 50 percent from the field and holding the Gamecocks to only 31 percent.  Brown led ASU with 10 first-half points and Robinson added eight.

Next week is finals week for Alabama State and the Hornets will not be back in action until Saturday, Dec. 13 when they travel to Macomb, Ill., to face Western Illinois at 7 p.m.

Louisiana Tech def Jackson State 65-52

RUSTON, La. – Kaven Bernard scored a career high 15 points and Derell Taylor pulled down a career high 11 rebounds but the Jackson State men’s basketball team (1-7) could not overcome a second half surge by the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (7-1), falling 65-52 Saturday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.

After trailing by only one point at halftime (27-26) the Tigers were outscored 38-26 in the second half. Bernard, who was JSU’s only double-figure scorer, finished 6-16 from the floor also pulled down seven rebounds and had two steals. Taylor also added seven points to go along with his 11 boards. Javeres Brent scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds and Jaleel Queary scored six points and dished out three assists.

Alex Hamilton and Raheem Appleby led LA Tech, scoring 13 and 11 points respectively.

JSU trailed 27-26 at halftime. Bernard led the team with a seven point, five rebound effort. Queary and Brent each had six points and Derrell Taylor added four points and five rebounds.

For the game JSU shot 34.5 percent from the field (20-58), 70 percent from the free throw line (7-10) and 31.3 percent from three-point range (5-16). LA Tech connected at a 35.1 percent rate from the floor (20-57), 75 percent from the line (18-24) and 25.9 percent in threes (7-27).

Texas State def Prairie View 81-65

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Emani Gant scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and tied a career-high with four assists to lead Texas State to an 81-65 victory over Prairie View on Saturday night.

Gant scored 12 points in the first half to help Texas State build a 38-31 halftime lead. Texas State led 65-49 with 7:19 to go before Prairie View cut the lead in half with an 8-0 run. The Bobcats answered right back with a 10-0 surge to make it 75-57 with 2:31 to play.

JaMarcus Weatherspoon scored 14 points and Wesley Davis added 12 for Texas State (5-1), which shot 29 of 48 from the field for 60.4 percent.

John Brisco had three 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, and Tre Hagood chipped in 15 points with eight assists to lead Prairie View (1-8).

Michigan State def Arkansas Pine Bluff 85-52

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Matt Costello and Travis Trice each scored 15 points to lead No. 19 Michigan State past Arkansas-Pine Bluff 85-52 on Saturday.

Marcel Mosely scored 19 points and Ghiavonnie Robinson had 13 for the Golden Lions (1-7), who dropped their fifth in a row.  Mosley, a 6-foot senior guard, is ranked third in the Southwest Athletic Conference in four statistical categories. He gave MSU trouble with his quickness and had more than half his team’s points (11 of 20) in the first half.

Branden Dawson had 12 points and seven rebounds for Michigan State (6-3). Bryn Forbes added 12-points, making 4 of 7 3-point shots.

The Spartans never trailed, built a 34-point halftime advantage and snapped a two-game losing streak against Kansas and Notre Dame.

Michigan State made 30 of 50 shots from the field and 10 of 18 from 3-point range. The Spartans finished with 27 assists, setting up 90 percent of its baskets.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff had 15 steals and helped force Michigan State into 18 turnovers. But the Spartans held the Golden Lions to 31-percent shooting and had a 42-28 rebound advantage.

UAPB was held to 24 percent shooting.

Bowling Green def Alabama A&M 64-47

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Richaun Holmes scored 12 points, Jehvon Clarke added 11 more and Bowling Green coasted to a 64-47 win over Alabama A&M on Saturday.

Ladarius Tabb led Alabama A&M with a season-high 24 points, including five 3-pointers, and 10 rebounds. He was the only Bulldog player to reach double figures.

Bowling Green (5-1) closed out the first period with a 14-4 run that included 3-pointers from Zack Denny and Clarke to take a 32-18 advantage into the break. The Falcons shot 50 percent from the floor, finished with a 33-27 rebounding advantage and continued to steadily pull away over the final 20 minutes of the game.

Denny contributed 10 points in the win, which marked the first meeting between the programs and continued the Falcons’ streak of getting points from at least eight players per game this season. Ten Bowling Green players hit buckets in Saturday’s game.

Southern def Dillard 68-55

BATON ROUGE, La. — Tre Lynch scored 24 points and Southern took control in the second half to defeat Dillard 68-55 on Friday.
The Jaguars (2-6) trailed the NAIA Bleu Devils (2-11) 39-36 at the half but used a 15-0 surge in the middle of the second half to take control.
Jared Sam started the game-changing run with a three-point play. Adrian Rodgers followed with a 3-pointer to put Southern up 47-45 with 12:40 left. Sam added another basket before Lynch knocked down a 3-pointer and then Joell Hopkins had a pair of baskets to make it 56-45 with 7:17 remaining.
Hopkins finished with 12 points and Sam 10.
Dillard was led by Houston Chatman with 20 points. Lynch hit five 3-pointers and led the Jags with five rebounds and five assists. The Bleu Devils got off to a quick start, grabbing a 13-4 lead and then closed the half with an 8-2 run.


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