Mississippi college basketball roundup: Alcorn and JSU score SWAC wins; Mississippi College snaps 10-game losing streak

Published 9:07 pm Saturday, February 2, 2019

LORMAN (AP) — Maurice Howard, the leading 3-point shooter in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, scored 27 points with seven 3-pointers and Alcorn State defeated Southern 76-64 on Saturday night.

The Braves (7-14, 3-6 SWAC) made 11 of 17 3-pointers (65 percent). Howard, who averages 3.1 3s per game at 39 percent, made 7 of 11 tries. Alcorn State shot 58 percent overall and made 15 of 19 free throws (79 percent).

“Maurice did what he was supposed to do,” Alcorn coach Montez Robinson said. “If the defense is going to give you those open looks, as a shooter, you’re supposed to make them pay for it. We preach that to him, DeShaw Andrews, Khari Allen and a couple other guys. That’s a sign of disrespect to leave you open like that.”

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Reginal Johnson added 12 points and backup big man Alonzo Campbell had 10 points and five rebounds for the Braves. Khari Jabriel Allen had nine points, three rebounds and three assists, and Robinson said the contributions of he and Campbell were pivotal.

“Alonzo Campbell and Khari Allen’s contributions were huge tonight. Those are two guys that we expect to make some big plays and do some big things but they haven’t been able to,” Robinson said. “I’m proud and excited to see that from them. If they don’t get those 19 points we don’t win.”

Sidney Umude had 12 points, Jayden Saddler scored 11 and Aaron Ray and Alex Ennis had 10 points each for Southern (3-19, 2-7). Saddler had eight assists.

Alcorn State led 44-41 with 14:32 remaining in the game, then went up by 10 after a 3-pointer by Howard with 8:27 to go. The lead reached 16 points a few minutes later and the Braves led by at least nine points through the final five minutes.

Alcorn State led 36-34 after a first half in which neither team led by more than six points.

Jackson State 61, Mississippi Valley State 57
Jontrell Walker scored eight of his 15 points in the final 4:46 as Jackson State edged past Mississippi Valley State 61-57 Saturday night.

Walker pulled Jackson State even at 51-51 with a 3-pointer, and the Tigers closed out the game on a 10-5 run, making 7 of 8 from the line.

Chris Howell scored 17 points to lead the Jackson State (8-13, 5-3 Southwestern Athletic Conference), pulling down seven rebounds and with four assists.

The Delta Devils came as close as 58-57 on Dante Scott’s bucket and an Emmanuel Ejeh free throw with 25 seconds left. But Walker made two free throws, Jayveous McKinnis added a third at the five-second mark and MVSU missed two shots as time expired.

Scott scored 28 to pace MVSU (3-19, 1-7), which has lost its last six and is 0-15 on the road this season.

Ala.-Huntsville 68, Delta State 57
Sam Orf and Malik Cook-Stroupe scored 16 points apiece, and J.J, Kaplan had 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists to lead Alabama-Huntsville (16-5, 9-4 Gulf South Conference) past Delta State (14-7, 10-4).

Alabama-Huntsville led 32-20 at halftime and pushed it to 17 points on a 3-pointer by Kaplan with 16:25 left in the game. Delta State never got closer than nine points in the second half.

Rasheide Bell had his second straight 25 point game for Delta State in the loss, as well as seven rebounds.

Mississippi College 71, Lee 68
Dyllan Taylor and Brandon Boston scored 17 points apiece, and Mississippi College’s men’s basketball team beat Lee (Tenn.) to snap a 10-game losing streak.

Boston had a double-double with 10 rebounds to go along with his team-high point total for the Choctaws (5-13, 2-11 Gulf South Conference).

Tre Jenkins knocked in a pair of free throws to give Mississippi College a 71-68 lead with seven seconds left, and Lee missed a three-pointer as time expired.

Texas-Dallas 106, Belhaven 66
Hans Burwitz finished with 24 points and nine rebounds, and Texas-Dallas shot 58.7 percent (37-for-63) from the field to crush Belhaven on Saturday.

Dimitrius Underwood (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Michael Forster (17 points, 11 rebounds) both had double-doubles for UT-Dallas (17-4, 10-3 American Southwest Conference). The Comets outrebounded Belhaven 53-20 and scored 44 points in the paint.

Brosnan Cooks led Belhaven (8-12, 2-10) with 15 points, and Jonathan Durham scored nine.