Alcorn State 62, Mississippi Valley State 43
HOUSTON, Texas – Player of the Year Norianna Haynes led Alcorn State to a 62-43 win over Mississippi Valley State during the first game of the 2016 Toyota SWAC Basketball Tournament at the Toyota Center. The Lady Braves will face Southern tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.
Haynes scored a team-high 14 points with seven rebounds and one steal, while Jazmin Strane grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds with eight points and three assists.
The Devilettes were paced by Zemoria Jernigan who tallied a game-high 17 points with four assists. Ashley Beals recorded 14 points and five rebounds, while Feleshia Walters caught 12 boards with seven points and two steals.
The first half belonged to the Lady Braves as they finished with a 24-point advantage.
In the first quarter, Haynes managed six points after shooting 50 percent from the field. Alcorn State would end the session with an 11-point scoring edge. Jernigan led the Devilettes with five points.
MVSU was only allowed two points in the second quarter, while the Lady Braves increased their score by 15. Lindsay Littlejohn and Haynes went into halftime leading all players with eight points each.
The Devilettes performed better in the second half, tying with the Braves in the third quarter at 17 and passing ASU in the fourth by five points.
Ultimately, the Lady Braves took the first win of the tournament by 19 points.
Alcorn State shot 39.1 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 47.4 percent at the line.
The Devilettes forced three more turnovers than they committed at 28. In shooting, MVSU made 17 of 54 attempts.
Alabama A&M 82, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 74
Janie Myles managed a season-high 24 points in the 82-74 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Tuesday afternoon at the Toyota Center. With this win, the Lady Bulldogs move on to face in-state rival Alabama State, tomorrow at 6 p.m.
Myles finished the game with a team-high nine rebounds, one assist and two steals. She made 11 of her 18 shots from the field, going 75 percent in three-point range. Brooke Dixon came off the bench with 16 points and five rebounds, while Alexia DeBose captured a season-high 12 points with three assists.
The Lady Lions were paced by Niya Head who managed 21 points with nine rebounds and four steals. Destiny Brewton contributed 18 points, four assists and two steals to UAPB’s resume, while Kye Richardson came off the bench, hitting nine points.
Alabama A&M closed out the first half on a 13-3 run over the final 5 minutes and 49 seconds of the second quarter. Myles scored 14 points with five rebounds, while going six for 10 in shooting.
The Lady Bulldogs made over half of their shots from the field, while keeping UAPB at shooting 22.9 percent.
After being down by 18, UAPB used a 10-0 run to get within single digits. The Lady Lions closed the third quarter on an 11-2 run to bring the score 58-53. The run would prove not enough as AAMU ended the game with an eight-point advantage.
Mississippi Valley State 87, Grambling State 73
Marcus Romain scored 11 of Mississippi Valley State’s first 18 points en route to a career-high 32 point effort and a 87-73 victory over Grambling State Tuesday afternoon in first round action of the 2016 Toyota SWAC Basketball Tournament inside the Toyota Center.
Romain finished the afternoon shooting 8-of-12 on the day to go along with 11 rebounds while also sinking 12 of his 13 free throw attempts. Latrell Love fell two boards shy of also having a double-double, scoring a career-high 21 points and hauling in 8 boards. Isaac Williams added 20 points for the Delta Devils.
Ervin Mitchell scored 19 points for the Tigers (7-24) with Deonte Hearns adding 15.
Grambling came back from a 14-point second-half deficit to get within one, 57-56, with eight minutes to go before Ta’Jay Henry scored for MVSU. Then, with 7:02 left, personal and technical fouls were whistled on the Tigers and Romain made all five free throws for an eight-point advantage. Grambling didn’t get closer than seven after that.
Alabama A&M 61, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 53
A late second-half run keyed Alabama A&M to a 61-53 Tuesday night at the Toyota Center the SWAC Men’s Basketball Tournament. With the win, the Bulldogs will face top-seeded Texas Southern tomorrow at 8:30 p.m.
Trailing 44-40 lead with just under 13-and-a-half minutes left, the Golden Lions went on a 10-0 run to plant themselves in the driver’s seat to the tune of a 50-44 advantage with 6:12 left. It was then that the Bulldogs’ offense — which had gone scoreless for seven-plus minutes to that point — responded with a 13-3 run keyed by Ladarius Tabb to turn the tide.
Both sides traded free throws before a Tabb dunk put AAMU ahead 57-53 with 1:00 left. Rakiya Battle iced the contest with free throws.
A fast start from UAPB’s JoVaughn Love, who scored UAPB’s first seven points on his way to a 13-point, seven board first half, gave way to a back-and-forth contest for much of the opening half.
The Golden Lions appeared to take some semblance of control with a 9-0 run to go up 27-20 with 3:58 left in the period, but the Bulldogs used a 9-2 run to knot things up at 29 with a minute and a half to go before four straight points by Love sent UAPB into intermission up 33-29.
Tabb led the Bulldogs with 17 points and seven rebounds, and Nicholas West was a rebound shy of a double-double with 14 points and nine boards. Battle chipped in nine points, five rebounds and eight assists.
Love notched a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Marquis Cunningham added 12 points.