Alcorn State 74, Southern 64
Lorman, Miss. – Reginal Johnson scored 20 points with seven rebounds, Marquis Vance added 13 points, six rebounds and two blocks and A.J. Mosby chipped in with 12 points as the Braves shot a 12-of-28 from 3-point range to extend their winning streak to four straight.
The Braves (9-11, 6-3 SWAC) led nearly wire to wire, capturing a 14-point lead by halftime and held a gigantic advantage in 3-point field goal percentage (42 percent compared to 15 percent).
The Jaguars (9-13, 5-4 SWAC) misfired on their first nine 3-point attempts and finished just 2-of-13 from beyond the arc.
Shawn Prudhomme came on late to lead Southern with 16 points. He was one of five Jaguars to reach double digits in scoring. Trelun Banks had 10 points and seven assists while Emanuel Shepard added 10 points and eight rebounds. Chris Thomas had 12 points and six rebounds and Jared Sam finished with 10.
Prairie View A&M 70, Alabama A&M 65
Prairie View, TX – The Panthers used a balanced attack with seven players scoring at least seven points as the team shot a combined 46 percent from the floor to even their conference record at 4-4.
Zachary Hamilton led the way with 14 points including 3-of-5 from 3-point range to go along with five rebounds and Tevin Bellinger collected 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block for Prairie View A&M (7-15, 4-4 SWAC).
After Alabama A&M (1-18, 1-7 SWAC) rallied to take a pair of one-point leads in the second half, the Panthers regained the lead for good.
A three-point play by Bellinger put PVAMU ahead for good, 50-49 near the midway mark of the second half.
A Bellinger layup with just over three minutes to play put the Panthers up 10, 67-57.
De’Ederick led AAMU with 22 points with five 3-pointers and five rebounds.
Grambling State 61, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 53
Grambling, La. – Remond Brown came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points with seven rebounds and Ervin Mitchell added 15 points as the Tigers improved to 7-1 at home this season.
The Grambling State defense held UAPB to 18 points at halftime and forced 25 turnovers for the game.
Eight different Tigers picked up at least one steal including three apiece from Brown and Diontae Jones.
Trent Steen had 13 points and six rebounds to pace the Golden Lions (5-17, 4-4 SWAC).
Jackson State 83, Mississippi Valley State 68
Jackson, Miss. – Paris Collins returned to the Tigers’ lineup in a big way as the Preseason All-Conference First Team selection shot 10-of-19 from the floor including 6-of-12 from beyond the arc to score a game-high 28 points.
Collins also had six rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks for Jackson State (8-13, 4-4 SWAC).
Yettra Specks had 13 points and nine assists while Edric Dennis added 13 points for JSU, who shot 52 percent from the field as a team.
Ta’Jay Henry put up another double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds while Marcus Romain contributed with 19 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field for the Delta Devils (3-18, 3-5 SWAC).
Texas Southern 70, Alabama State 68
Houston, TX – The SWAC’s leading scorer Zach Lofton poured in a game-best 25 points on 13-of-15 from the free throw line and forward Kevin Scott added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers (11-10, 7-1 SWAC).
Lofton scored TSU’s last seven points including the go-ahead three-point play on a jumper and a free throw with 29 seconds remaining. Lofton then iced the game with two more free throws and a dunk with four seconds left to put the Tigers up five.
Rodney Simeon scored 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting for the Hornets (5-15, 3-5 SWAC). Tony Armstrong had 14 points.