Alcorn beats Jackson State

Published 9:01 am Thursday, January 12, 2017

JACKSON (AP) — Marquis Vance scored 16 points and Alcorn State knocked Jackson State from the ranks of the undefeated in the Southwestern Athletic Conference with a 63-50 win on Wednesday night.

The game was originally scheduled for last Saturday but was postponed due to inclement weather.

Denzel Dulin finished with 14 points and A.J. Mosby added 11 for Alcorn State (6-9, 2-2 SWAC), which shot 44 percent overall and 48 percent in the first half while building a 10-point halftime lead.

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“He was really attacking the basket tonight,” Alcorn State coach Montez Robinson said of Dulin. “Not only was he attacking, but he was looking to score and not just looking for a foul.”

Maurice Rivers scored 16 points to lead Jackson State (7-9, 3-1), but the Tigers finished with just 17 total field goals on 30.9 percent shooting.

The score was tied at 17 with 5:38 left in the first when Vance made a layup that sparked a 15-5 Braves’ run to close out the half. Alcorn led by as many as 16 points in the second half before Jackson State went on a 15-1 run to cut it to 51-49 with 5:31 left.

“We got stagnant. We didn’t attack like we were before and we stopped guarding,” Robinson said. “We have to learn to not take our foot off the pedal. We stopped for about a four-minute stretch when they made their run but we didn’t let it avalanche on top of us. I’m pleased at the way we were able to play it out.”

Rivers scored seven of the Tigers’ 15 points during the run, including a layup that got them within two. That was the last basket they scored, however.

Vance hit a 3-pointer with 4:56 left to push the lead back to five. He then assisted on a layup by Dulin and hit two free throws during a game-ending 12-1 run.
Vance totaled four assists.

“JSU was not going to let Reginal Johnson beat them and he got double-teamed every time he touched the ball. (Vance) did a great job of not trying to force anything and he used his teammates. Marquis hit a huge shot in the clutch,” Robinson said.