UAPB survives bad shooting


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LORMAN, Miss. — The field-goal shooting percentage tells an old tale for Arkansas-Pine Bluff, but it didn’t bring about a bad result.

Despite hitting only 29.3 percent (17 of 58) Monday night, UAPB charged back from an eight-point halftime deficit to beat Alcorn State 62-52. The win keeps the Golden Lions (5-12, 4-1 SWAC) tied with Texas Southern for second place in the conference, setting up a Saturday night showdown with the Tigers in Pine Bluff.

The percentage is one of the lowest of the season for the Lions, who hit 30.4 percent in Saturday’s 84-50 loss at Southern. It was much worse in the first half alone, when they hit 7 of 31 for 22.6 percent.

Things didn’t look good for the Lions with 5 minutes left before halftime. Mitchell Anderson was hit with a technical foul after a dunk to tie the game at 20, and Marquiz Baker hit the two free throws to start an 11-3 run by the Braves (6-15, 4-2) to close the half.

The lead increased to 38-25 after Anthony Nieves sank a three-pointer with 17:09 left. Then the Lions roared back with a 20-3 run to take a 45-41 lead with 7:01 remaining.

UAPB led it 55-46 after Lazabian Jackson hit a three with 2:28 left. From there, Alcorn State could only pull within 55-50 and UAPB hit 7 of 8 free throws in the final 70 seconds to put the game away.

Jackson led the Lions with 17 points and five rebounds, Haynes scored 16 points and had seven boards and Terrell Kennedy pulled down 11 boards to go along with 10 points. UAPB outrebounded Alcorn State 48-26 and hit 70 percent (21 of 30) of its free throws compared to 53.8 percent (7 of 13) for the Braves.

Alcorn State also cooled off to 33.9 percent field-goal shooting (19-56) after hitting 41.4 percent in the first half. Nieves led all scorers with 23 points, followed by Devonte Hampton with seven points off the bench.