EAST LANSING, Mich. – Arkansas-Pine Bluff fell to the 13th-ranked Michigan State Spartans 92-46 Friday at the Breslin Center.
The Golden Lions (1-2) fell behind quickly, allowing Michigan State to open the game on a 21-4 run, with 16 of those points being unanswered. Arkasans-Pine Bluff was unable to climb back in it, as Ghiavonni Robinson was the only UAPB player that could find success against the Spartan defense.
Robinson scored 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting, which accounted for more than half of the Golden Lions’ offensive output as well as the total field goals made by Arkansas-Pine Bluff – UAPB shot 17-of-47 as a team in the game – in the contest.
Javon Bess led Michigan State with 16 points. Matt Costello notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards and Bryn Forbes scored 14. Michigan State outrebounded UAPB 45-14 in the game.
No.20 Baylor 77, Jackson State 60
WACO, Texas – Jackson State’s upset bid fell short, as the Tigers dropped a 77-60 tilt to the No. 20 Baylor Bears Friday night at the Ferrell Center.
Jackson State ended the half within striking distance of Baylor at the half, trailing 29-24. In the second frame, the game escaped the Tigers, thanks in part to cold shooting. JSU was 21-of-61 (34.4 percent) from the floor. Meanwhile, Baylor shot 44.3 percent from the field (27-of-61) and outscored Jackson State 48-36 in the final half.
Paris Collins was the high-point man for JSU, netting 17 points, six boards and three steals. Janarius Middleton scored 12, and Yettra Specks added 10. Raeford Worsham scored seven points, dished out nine assists, blocked two shots and made three steals.
Al Freeman led Baylor with 20 points. Rico Gathers scored 12 points and nabbed 16 boards, and Taurean Prince chipped in 13 points. Terry Maston and King McClure each scored 11 off the bench for the Bears.
Bryant 71, Prairie View A&M 58
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – A slow start hampered Prairie View A&M as it fell to Bryant 71-58 at Chace Athletic Center on Friday night.
Prairie View A&M fell behind 9-2 to open the game, but was able to claw back in it and make the score 16-11 with 12:35 left in the opening stanza. The Panthers then allowed 14 unanswered points en route to falling behind 43-20 at the break.
The Panthers outscored the Bulldogs 38-28 in the second half – after Bryant pushed its lead to 53-29 with 14:40 left in the game – PVAMU responded with a 19-6 run that cut the deficit to single digits – but the deficit was too much for Prairie View A&M to overcome.
Admassu Williams earned a double-double for the Panthers, scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Tevin Bellinger added 15 points.
Gus Riley led Bryant with 18 points. Dan Garvin scored 12 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double. Bosko Kostur also scored 12, and Hunter Ware chipped in 10 points.