Alcorn State earns share of SWAC title, No. 1 seed in conference tournament

Published 11:37 pm Saturday, March 4, 2023

For the second year in a row, Alcorn State finished the regular season atop the Southwestern Athletic Conference standings.

Byron Joshua went 9-for-12 from the field and scored a game-high 23 points to lead Alcorn State to a 63-58 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the regular-season finale on Saturday.

Joshua scored 14 of Alcorn’s last 18 points. He had 10 in a row at one point, including a pair of 3-pointers, during a run that gave the Braves the lead for good with less than seven minutes to go.

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Although nine Alcorn players scored, Dekedran Thorn was the only other one to finish in double figures, with 10 points.

Shaun Doss Jr. and Kylen Milton led Arkansas-Pine Bluff with 15 points apiece. Robert Lewis had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Alcorn (18-12, 15-3) finished tied for first place in the SWAC with Grambling (22-8, 15-3), but earned the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament by virtue of its head-to-head victory over the Tigers in January.

Alcorn will open the tournament against Texas Southern on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in Birmingham, Alabama.

March 8
Grambling vs. Bethune-Cookman, 2 p.m.
Alcorn State vs. Texas Southern, 8:30 p.m.
March 9
Jackson State vs. Prairie View A&M, 2 p.m.
Southern U. vs. Alabama A&M, 8:30 p.m.
March 10
Alcorn-Texas Southern winner vs. Southern-Alabama A&M winner, 2 p.m.
Grambling-Bethune Cookman winner vs. JSU-Prairie View winner, 8:30 p.m.
March 11
Championship game, 4:30 p.m.