11/30/16: SWAC Round Up – Men’s & Women’s Basketball


— For your dose of sports in the world of historically black colleges and universities. Be sure to check out the ‘HBCU-RoundUp’ online with Phinesse Demps of the Baltimore Times. Courtesy of SWAC.org.

Women’s Basketball

Samford 63, Alabama State 49 | BOX SCORE

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama State struggled offensively in a 63-49 loss to Samford on Wednesday. Alabama State (1-5) was led by Danielle Ewert, who netted 16 points along with five rebounds. Kayla Stephens and Britney Wright also scored in double-figures for the Hornets, netting 12 and 11 points respectively.

Alabama State fell behind early in this one. The Hornets were outscored 19-8 in the first quarter, and 12-9 in the second for a 31-17 halftime deficit. The Hornets played a much better second half. ASU outscored Samford 19-13 in the fourth quarter, but the outcome was already decided. The Hornets did not shoot the ball well from three point range in this one, going just 1-9 from behind the arc as a team, compared to Samford going 5-12.

Alabama State will continue its road swing on Sunday when the Hornets take on Troy at 3:00PM CT.

New Orleans 63, Texas Southern 57 | BOX SCORE

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Texas Southern suffered just its second loss of the season falling 63-57 to New Orleans on Wednesday. Joyce Kennerson lead the Tigers with 15 points, while also adding three rebounds.

Texas Southern (4-2) came out to the early lead in the contest, leading 11-9 at the end of the first quarter. New Orleans would reclaim the lead going into the break 23-21. The game would continue to be close in the second half. Texas Southern was outscored by just one point to make the score 39-36 going into the final frame. New Orleans would pull away late to take the win. Texas Southern shot the ball better then New Orleans despite the loss, going 21-50 from the field for a .420 field goal percentage.

Next up, Texas Southern will travel to Houston Baptist for a contest on Dec. 4 at 4:00 PM CT.

Men’s Basketball

No. 16 Arizona 85, Texas Southern 63 |Box Score

TUCSON, Ariz. – Texas Southern fell behind early in an 85-63 loss at No. 16 Arizona Wednesday night.

Texas Southern started very sluggishly, as the Tigers allowed the Wildcats to build a 13-point lead in the opening five minutes. TSU ended up trailing by 19 at the break and never recovered.

Zach Lofton led Texas Southern with 19 points and Jalan McCloud added 14. Derrick Griffin posted 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Wildcats and Tigers met once prior to this contest, a 93-72 win by Arizona in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

Miami (OH) 78, Grambling State 76 (OT) | Box Score

OXFORD, Ohio – A monster night from Averyl Ugba was not enough to lift Grambling over Miami (OH), as the Tigers fell 78-76 in overtime.

Grambling led by 15 (62-47) with 8:52 left in the game after a Nigel Riberio three. However, the Tigers surrendered an 18-3 run to the RedHawks, which resulted in a 65-65 tie at the end of regulation. Miami (OH) scored the first five points of the extra period and led the rest of the way.

Ugba was fouled as he made a layup with 1:22 left, but he missed the free throw and the Tigers trailed 74-73. Marcus Weathers missed two free throws but, after Ribiero’s offensive foul on the other end, his dunk — and a layup by Harouna — made it 78-73 with 12 seconds to go.

Ugba and Ervin Mitchell each scored 21 points, with Ugba adding 16 boards and five blocks.

Memphis 84, Jackson State 69 | Box Score

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Jackson State couldn’t sustain a second-half comeback attempt during a 84-69 defeat at MemphisWednesday night.

Down 20 at one point early in the second half, the Tigers managed to shrink to eight, 67-59, after Edric Dennis hit back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the final period. The Tigers soon had the lead back up to double-digits and JSU was unable to overcome the deficit.

Dennis matched a career high in scoring and led Jackson State (1-6) with 21 points and Yettra Specks added 19 with six assists. Paris Collins chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds.

The trio combined for 19 of Jackson State’s 26 made field goals.

San Francisco 78, Alcorn State 65 | Box Score

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Reginal Johnson scored 15 points for Alcorn State in the Braves’ 78-65 loss at San Francisco.

Alcorn State matched San Francisco on the glass (42-42) and forced more turnovers (14-10), but the difference was that the Braves struggled to put the ball in the hoop. Alcorn Stateshot 4-of-20 from deep and hit just 36 percent of its shots. Meanwhile, San Francisco made more than half of its attempts and were 8-of-19 from three-point land.

Johnson was a rebound shy of a double-double. Marquis Vance scored 10 points.

Compiled by Phinesse Demps for HBCU ROUND-UP; Contact Phinesse Demps 410-831-5605. Follow on Twitter: @pdemps