JACKSON, Miss. — The loss of Marcel Mosley didn’t faze Arkansas-Pine Bluff on the road.
The team’s leading scorer on the season sat out Monday night’s game at Jackson State with a broken jaw sustained in Saturday’s win at Grambling State, but Trent Whiting helped UAPB overcome a 40-point performance by Jackson State to pick up a 66-59 victory. It’s the second win in a row for the Golden Lions (12-17, 10-7 SWAC) and eighth in the last 10 games.
UAPB coach George Ivory said late Saturday night via text that Mosley, the hot-shooting junior guard from Marion averaging 13.4 points per game, broke his jaw in two places on a blind-side screen. He is out indefinitely and is expected to visit an oral surgeon Tuesday morning.
Sophomore Whiting started in Mosley’s place and gave the Lions 10 points and six rebounds. Whiting made 8 of 8 free throws to make up for his 1-for-5 field-goal shooting.
Tevin Hammond led the Lions with 16 points and three steals. He made 4 of 5 field-goal attempts, but turned the ball over nine times.
Also for UAPB, Davon Haynes had 16 points, six rebounds and three steals and Daniel Broughton totaled 12 points (6 of 6 field-goal shooting) and six boards.
Most of Jackson State’s bench points came from Julysses Nobles and Brandon West. Nobles, the former Arkansas guard who’s from the Mississippi capital, had 16 points and three assists, while West added 14 points.
Neither team had a double-digit lead, as UAPB held the largest advantage of eight points with 13:34 left in the game. Jackson State had a 5-0 lead 62 seconds into the game.
From there, it was a back-and-forth battle throughout the first half, capped by Hammond’s three-point play with 2 seconds left to give the Lions a 30-27 lead.
The Lions were ahead the entire second half, but Nobles pulled the Tigers (11-17, 7-9) to within two points twice in the final minute. His last basket made it 61-59 with 23 seconds to go, but the Lions converted 5 of 6 free throws to seal the win.
UAPB enjoyed one of its better all-around shooting performances this season. In addition to making 48.6 percent (18 of 37) from the field and going 5 for 11 from three-point range, the Lions nailed 25 of 30 free throws for 83.3 percent.
Jackson State made 42 percent (21 of 50) from the field, but was a dismal 1 for 15 from behind the arc. The Tigers made 16 of 21 free throws for 76.2 percent.
UAPB, which is a half-game behind Alabama State and Texas Southern for second place, has one regular-season game remaining, Saturday night at home against archrival Mississippi Valley State. Southern has already clinched the SWAC regular-season championship.