Lions take hit in league race


HOUSTON — Arkansas-Pine Bluff now has some chasing to do in SWAC men’s basketball.

Texas Southern got 25 points from Omar Strong and 15 points and 14 rebounds from Fred Sturdivant in a 75-69 victory over UAPB on Saturday, extending its winning streak to seven and ending the Golden Lions’ at four. More importantly, Texas Southern is now second in the SWAC standings, just by a half-game over the Golden Lions.

The Lions (12-14, 11-3 SWAC), who had hoped to even their overall record for the first time since the 2009-10 season, began the day tied with Southern for the conference lead. Southern defeated Alabama State on Saturday.

On a weekend when the city of Houston is taken over by NBA All-Stars, Strong and Sturdivant were the big stars for coach Mike Davis’ Tigers (12-14, 11-2). Strong hit 7 of 11 three-point attempts and missed only two other field goals, hit 4 of 5 free throws and pulled down six rebounds. Sturdivant had two steals and two assists in 39 minutes of action.

UAPB led by as much as one point — five times in the first half, but trailed by as much as 53-40 with 10:34 left in the game. Strong knocked down a three to give the Tigers that big margin.

The Lions, who trailed 32-29 at halftime, fought back to within 62-57 after Lazabian Jackson hit a three with 4:40 left, but they couldn’t come any closer.

Terrell Kennedy led UAPB with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists. Davon Haynes added 13 points, two steals and nine rebounds, and Jackson and Tevin Hammond each scored 11 points.

As a team, the Lions hit 45.5 percent (25 of 55) from the floor after starting 9 of 23, shot 44.4 percent (8 of 18) from the arc and 61.1 percent (11 of 18) from the foul line. They outscored the Tigers in points off turnovers (17-12), bench points (12-8) and fast-break points (12-9).

Texas Southern hit 47.4 percent (27 of 57) from the floor, 41.7 percent (10 of 24) from the arc and 68.8 percent (11 of 16) from the line.

The attendance count was 1,824.

WOMEN

Texas Southern 63, UAPB 59

HOUSTON — The Lady Lions almost upset the SWAC-leading Lady Tigers, but could not overcome a poor second-half shooting performance.

UAPB hit only 9 of 29 shots in the half and finished 19 of 51 for 37.3 percent. The Lady Lions (9-15, 5-9 SWAC) made 4 of 12 three-pointers and 17 of 25 free throws.

Texas Southern (15-9, 12-1) overcame a 9-of-27 first-half shooting effort and hit 10 of 23 in the final 20 minutes to finish with a 38 percent clip for the game. The lady Tigers hit only 3 of 15 treys, but knocked down 22 of 32 free throws.

Christina Lasane scored 17 points, dealt six assists and pulled down four rebounds to lead the Lady Lions. Chi Chi Okwumabua added 16 points and seven rebounds, and Jenise Gentry scored 11 points and had seven rebounds.

For the Lady Tigers, Kayla West led with 14 points, hitting 7 of 8 from the line, and Teera Williams added 12 points.

MONDAY’S GAMES

UAPB at Prairie View A&M

• When: Women’s game at 5:30 p.m.; men’s game at 7:30 p.m.

• Where: William Nicks Building, Prairie View, Texas

• Records: Women, UAPB 9-15, 5-9 SWAC; Prairie View 9-14, 6-7. Men, UAPB 12-14, 11-3; Prairie View 10-15, 5-7.