LORMAN, Miss. — For Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the five-game winning streak was fun while it lasted.
Even after a bad half against Alcorn State, it seemed the Golden Lions would find a way to extend it to six.
UAPB responded after shooting 19.4 percent from the field in the first half, but Alcorn State averted the comeback attempt and earned a season sweep of the Lions with a 57-54 victory Monday. The loss ensures the Lions (9-16, 7-6 SWAC) a losing overall season with five games remaining.
“They (Alcorn State) played solid defense, but we missed a lot of open shots,” UAPB coach George Ivory said.
The Lions finished the game 18 for 56 from the field (32.1 percent), including 7 for 20 from three-point range. Ghiavonni Robinson’s five treys were his only made field goals of the game.
UAPB trailed 30-19 at halftime after making only 6 of 31 field goals, but stormed back early in the second half to lead by as many as six points. Alcorn State (10-15, 7-6), which led by as many as 12 points late in the first half, got nearly half its points from the bench in outscoring UAPB’s 25-8.
“We made shots and made some key defensive stops,” Ivory said. “Toward the end, we missed a couple of defensive assignments.
“Overall, we played hard. Anytime you hold someone to 57 points, that’s pretty good defense.”
The Lions took care of the ball for most of the game, turning the ball over six times and scoring 18 points off 15 Braves miscues.
Marcel Mosley led the Lions with 16 points, four assists and two steals. Robinson had 15 points and two steals, and Tevin Hammond added nine points and three assists.
Davon Haynes attempted just one field goal and did not score in 20 minutes of action.
“The (fractured right) hand is bothering him,” Ivory said. “I’m thinking about putting a cast on him. He’s going to give it everything he’s got, but he can’t be effective like he wants to be.”
Free-throw shooting hurt the Lions as well. They made 11 of 19 for 57.9 percent, but the Braves were no better (14 of 26 for 53.8 percent).
LeAntwan Luckett and Devontae Hampton each scored 16 points to lead the Braves. Octavius Brown had 14 points, making 5 of 7 field goals in 39 minutes.
Alcorn State 57, UAPB 48
LORMAN, Miss. — Despite shooting just 6 of 20 (30 percent) in the second half, the Arkansas-Pine Bluff women still managed to only lose by nine in Monday’s game against Alcorn State.
Carlisha Walker came off the bench and led UAPB (3-20, 2-11 SWAC) with 12 points and nine rebounds. She was 3 of 7 from the field but was 6 of 7 from the free throw line.
Alcorn State (8-16, 8-6) was led by Tierro Frost, who finished with 17 points. She was 13 of 16 from the free throw line and 2 of 16 from the floor.
ASU finished the game 16 of 48 (33 percent) from the floor and 25 of 38 (65.8 percent) from the line. UAPB was 14 of 51 (27.,5 percent) and 19 of 29 (65 percent) at the line.
Jazmyne Victorian and Christiana Lasane contributed with eight points each for UAPB. Victorian had a team-high 11 rebounds and was 4 of 12 from the floor.
Lasane was 6 of 8 from the free throw line. Charisse Carr had eight points and was 6 of 8 from the free throw line.
The game was tied at 22 at the half. UAPB, which forced 17 turnovers in the game, had a six-point lead with 10:42 left in the game.
The Lady Lions and Lions return home this Saturday to host Prairie View A&M beginning at 5 p.m.