HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Bring on the Jaguars.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff stayed a game behind Southern in SWAC men’s basketball standings, leading from start to finish and staving off a furious Alabama A&M comeback in a 76-67 win on Monday to wrap up a four-game road swing. That means UAPB gets a crack at a share of first place Saturday when it hosts Southern.
It also means the Golden Lions (10-13, 9-2 SWAC), who are a win away from matching last season’s win total, have earned a 4-0 regular-season sweep of the two Alabama schools in the conference. UAPB won at Alabama State on Saturday.
The Lions got the job done Monday with its best shooting percentage of the season — 53.8 percent on 28 of 52 field-goal attempts, including 7 of 14 from three-point range. Lazabian Jackson hit 5 of 8 from the perimeter and 7 of 14 from the floor, leading the Lions with 20 points, five steals and five rebounds.
Terrell Kennedy finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists for UAPB. He sank 6 of 8 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free-throw line.
In fact, UAPB also converted 13 of 17 free throws for 76.5 percent, all in the second half.
Davon Haynes added 16 points and eight rebounds, shooting 6 of 9 from the floor, and Marcel Mosley contributed 10 points. Daniel Broughton and Mitchell Anderson each scored six points.
UAPB shot better than 53 percent in both halves. The Lions took a 36-23 halftime lead, leading by as many as 17 points in the first 20 minutes.
UAPB was ahead 59-29 with 11:32 left in the game for its largest lead. Alabama A&M (8-14, 4-7) then reeled off 15 unanswered points while the Lions were held scoreless for almost 5½ minutes. A jumper by Kennedy at the 6:05 mark was the Lions’ only bucket until Jackson nailed a three with 2:07 left to make it 64-50.
The Bulldogs eventually pulled within 75-67 with 15 seconds left, but came no closer.
Jeremy Crutcher had 21 points, Demarquelle Tabb 16 and Justan Banks 11 for the Bulldogs. Tabb and Banks each had 10 rebounds, but the Lions controlled the glass with a 36-27 advantage.
Alabama A&M 59, UAPB 48
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Christina Lasane scored 19 points and Chi Chi Okwumabua added 14, but UAPB (7-14, 3-8 SWAC) struggled again to shoot well from the floor in picking up its fourth consecutive loss Monday evening.
The streak is UAPB’s longest of the season for wins or losses.
UAPB hit only 14 of 44 field goals for 31.8 percent, including 3 of 11 from three-point range. Lakendra Marsh had it the roughest, shooting only 2 of 13 and finishing with seven points.
Free throws also were an issue for the Lady Lions, as they hit 17 of 30 for 56.7 percent. Okwumabua (8 of 13) and Lasane combined to hit 14 of 23.
Jasmine Sanders led Alabama A&M (7-14, 6-5) with 20 points and 11 rebounds in only 22 minutes of action. Former Dumas standout Shabr’an Richardson went scoreless in 4 minutes for the Lady Bulldogs.
Alabama A&M led 29-18 at halftime.
Alabama State 66, UAPB 63 (Sat.)
(Due to a prduction error, the following brief was inadvertently left out of a UAPB basketball story in Sunday’s issue.)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Chi Chi Okwumabua hit a layup with 8 seconds to go in regulation to send the game into overtime, but a steal at the end preserved the win for Alabama State (7-15, 5-6 SWAC as of Monday).
The layup came 13 seconds after Alabama State’s Kierra Paige made a go-ahead basket. Early in overtime, UAPB kept up its momentum and took a 62-58 lead with 3:46 remaining.
But the Lady Hornets tied it up for the 10th time with two field goals and went ahead 64-62 on two Quentori Alford field goals. Christina Lasane made 1 of 2 free throws with 57 seconds left to make it 64-63, then Danielle Gazaway sank a pair with 17 ticks remaining to push the lead back up to three.
Lakendra Marsh led UAPB with 17 points, including three three-point baskets. Marion Thompson and Okwumabua each added 11 points; Thompson and Okwumabua also pulled down 11 and eight rebounds, respectively, while Okwumabua also made five steals.
But UAPB struggled to shoot well from the field, going 19 for 63 for 30.2 percent (including 4 of 13 from three-point range). The Lady Lions hit 21 of 29 free throws for 72.4 percent.