Alcorn State survives huge comeback bid by UAPB

Published 6:54 pm Saturday, February 4, 2023

LORMAN — Alcorn State pulled itself together just in time to avoid a huge meltdown and a regrettable loss on Saturday.

The Braves let a 24-point second-half lead dwindle to one with less than a minute to play, then made six free throws in the final 31 seconds to escape with a 70-67 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Jeremiah Kendall led Alcorn State (10-11, 7-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference) with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Trevin Wade scored 16 points.

Email newsletter signup

Sign up for The Vicksburg Post's free newsletters

Check which newsletters you would like to receive
  • Vicksburg News: Sent daily at 5 am
  • Vicksburg Sports: Sent daily at 10 am
  • Vicksburg Living: Sent on 15th of each month

A.C. Curry had 18 points and Shaun Doss Jr. 17 for Arkansas-Pine Bluff (10-12, 6-3), which trailed 51-27 with 13:40 left in the game. The Golden Lions went 6-for-19 from 3-point range in the first half, and only attempted four shots from inside the arc.

UAPB got red hot late, however. A 3-pointer by Trejon Ware with 6:08 to go started a 23-4 run capped by Doss’ layup to cut it to 64-63 with 31 seconds left.

Alcorn then went 6-for-6 at the foul line coming down the stretch — Wade, Keondre Montgomery and Dominic Brewton sank two each — to stay one step ahead. Brewton’s two free throws with five seconds left made it 70-65 and sealed it.

Kylen Milton scored on a layup at the buzzer for UAPB for the final margin.

Alcorn State will host Mississippi Valley State Monday at 8 p.m. in Lorman.