HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The road might have been tough on Arkansas-Pine Bluff during nonconference play, but it’s been no trouble for the Golden Lions early in the SWAC schedule.
Tevin Hammond scored a season-high 30 points and added five assists Saturday, leading UAPB to a 72-64 win over Alabama A&M before 2,057 at T.M. Elmore Gym. UAPB (4-10, 2-0 SWAC) will go for its second straight 3-0 start to conference play Monday at Alabama State.
Hammond was busy on the defensive end as well, making seven steals.
Half of Hammond’s points came at the foul line, where he shot 15 for 18. He made 6 of 16 field-goal attempts, including 3 of 9 from three-point range.
And he got plenty of help from Davon Haynes and Ghiavonni Robinson. Haynes, who was coming off his career-high 26 points a week earlier against Mississippi Valley State, nailed 6 of 7 field goals and finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Robinson scored 12 points.
The 72 points are the second most the Lions have scored this season, following their 78-73 win against Valley. They shot 20 for 50 from the floor for 40 percent (including 6 for 19 from the perimeter) and converted 26 of 33 free throws for 78.8 percent.
More importantly, they finally gained an edge on the glass, outrebounding the Bulldogs (5-8, 2-1) 35-28.
UAPB led 40-35 at halftime in a game that saw five lead changes and three ties. The Lions, however, led by as many as 17 points with 7:37 remaining in the game. The Bulldogs never led by more than five points, and that was within the first 3 minutes of the game.
The Lions held A&M’s leading scorer, Jeremy Crutcher, to four points and 1-of-7 field-goal shooting. Nicolas West led the Bulldogs with 14 points and five rebounds, Green Hill and Demarquelle Tabb each added 11 points, and Rakiya Battle added 10 points.
A&M hit 19 of 42 from the floor (including 7 of 19 from the arc) and made 19 of 29 free throws.
Alabama A&M 87, UAPB 63
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Semeka Randall earned her first SWAC victory as the Lady Bulldogs’ coach after they dominated the Lady Lions (1-11, 0-2 SWAC).
UAPB still had big games from Christina Lasane (21 points) and Cassidy Wright (20). The two guards combined to shoot 13 for 19 from the floor. Wright also made five three-point baskets.
Alyssa Strickland scored 17 of her 20 points in the first half. She was perfect from the field (7 for 7) and knocked down six three-pointers.
In fact, Alabama A&M (8-6, 1-2 SWAC) shot 59.2 percent from the floor (29 of 49) and 78.6 percent from three-point range (11 of 14). The Lady Bulldogs also nailed 13 of 16 free throws.
Brittney Strickland (16 points), Taylor Sippial (13) and Jasmine Sanders (13) also scored in double figures for the Lady Bulldogs. Former Dumas standout Shabr’an Richardson had nine points for A&M, which led 50-29 at halftime.
UAPB converted 22 of 48 field goals for 45.8 percent and hit 6 of 12 treys. The Lady Lions made 12 of 18 free throws for 66.7 percent.