Alcorn State coach Luther Riley dismissed his postgame verbal exchange with Arkansas-Pine Bluff coach George Ivory as just parting “congratulations” messages. But Ivory was visibly heated for such an act of sportsmanship.
On Tuesday, Ivory gave his side of the exchange following Monday night’s 71-45 home loss to Riley’s Braves.
“We had some words about the last shot they took,” Ivory said. “You’re up 20-something points and one of your guys takes that last shot. But I guess everybody’s got their style of play.”
Marquis Vance scored on a jump shot with 3 seconds left to set the final margin. The shot beat the 35-second shot clock.
Asked about the exchange, Riley said: “Coach Ivory was just saying that we played a good game. I just thanked him. Certainly, he’s a great friend of mine. He’s a great coach. He has a great team.”
Ivory was not available for comment afterward.
He certainly had a long speech for his Golden Lions (4-13, 2-3 SWAC) after their third straight loss and worst scoring output of the season.
“Offensively, we never got in a rhythm,” Ivory said. “I thought the team played tremendous defense at first, but we only scored 20 points (in the first half). We told Davon (Haynes) we expect a little more from him. We can’t go 5 ½ minutes without scoring.”
UAPB actually went from the 6:59 mark of the first half to 18:56 left in the game without a field goal. Haynes scored seven of his game-high 22 points in the first half, making 8 of 12 field goals.
As a team, UAPB made just 17 of 44 for 38.6 percent. Haynes was the only double-digit scorer for the Lions.
“We’re not getting the ball to the right people who can score it,” Ivory said. “We’ve gotta get Daniel (Broughton) more touches.”
Broughton had six points, making 3 of 6 from the field.
Ivory said junior guard DeAndre McIntyre was scheduled for an MRI on his left knee today rather than Monday. McIntyre injured the knee during Saturday’s home loss to Southern, and Ivory said the team trainer diagnosed it as an anterior cruciate ligament tear.