HBCU Sports: Men’s Basketball Recaps: Nov. 20

Prairie View A&M 80, Eastern Kentucky 70

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Prairie View A&M University men’s basketball team posted its first win of the season with a wire-to-wire 80-70 win over Eastern Kentucky Monday in the MGM Resorts Main Events Tournament at T-Mobile Arena.


Prairie View A&M (1-3) never trailed in the contest against Eastern Kentucky (2-2) of the Ohio Valley Conference. Zachary Hamilton had a team-high 23 points with four rebounds and two steals to lead three Panthers in double figures. Gary Blackston had season highs in points (19), assists (five), and steals (three) while adding five rebounds. Dennis Jones scored 14 off the bench with three assists.


The Panthers forced a season-high tying 19 turnovers leading to a season-high 27 points in collecting the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s first win over a Division I opponent this season.


“This was a total team effort for 40 minutes, which is the first time this year we’ve put two halves together,” said PVAMU head coach Byron Smith. “We shot fewer threes (a season-low tying 18), so the main focus was driving to the basket. We were really good at the free throw line (season-high 82.6% on 19-23 attempts). Hamilton, Blackston, and Jones were really good on the perimeter. J.D. Wallace (six points, five rebounds), and Iwin Ellis (three points, three rebounds) were grown men today on the interior.”


Hamilton’s three-pointer opened the scoring and sparked an 8-2 run for Prairie View A&M, which took its first double-digit lead at 19-9 with just under 12 minutes to play in the first half on a pair of free throws by Jones. The free throws were part of a 10-2 run capped by a Hamilton jumper which gave the Panthers their largest lead of the first half at 21-12 with 10:47 to play until halftime.


PVAMU opened the second half with a 39-29 lead, but six quick points by the Colonels cut the lead to four in just over a minute. However, a steal and subsequent three-point play by Shaquille Preston pushed the lead back to seven.

After a basket by Eastern Kentucky cut the Panther lead to five at 45-40 with just under 16 minutes remaining, a three-pointer by Troy Thompson on the ensuing possession pushed the lead back to eight at 48-40. The Panthers led by no less than six points the rest of the contest.

-Prairie View A&M Sports Information

Maryland 76, Jackson State 45

Jeremiah Jefferson led the Tigers with 11 points on 3-8 shooting from three-point range and Julian Daughtry added 10 on 4-8 shooting from the field, including going 2-3 from three-point range. Maurice Rivers came off the bench to add seven points and eight rebounds.

Maryland led by 13 points at halftime (38-25). JSU was held to 20 second half points while the Terps scored 38.

Paris Collins came off the bench to score six points and pull down four rebounds.

–Jackson State Sports Information

Chattanooga 67, Alabama State 50

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Despite a season-best performance from Reginald Gee, Alabama State fell 67-50 to Chattanooga in the opening game of the Cayman Islands Classic – Chattanooga Bracket Monday night at McKenzie Arena.

The game was the fourth in nine days for the Hornets who have been on the road since November 11, and is the fifth consecutive road game to open the 2017-18 season.

Gee finished with 24 points on 53.8 (7-of-13) percent shooting from the floor, including three three-pointers. He also connected on 7-of-8 from the free throw line. The finish was just four points short of Gee’s career-high of 28 points scored last year against Mississippi Valley State.

Tobi Ewuosho added nine points in the loss, connecting on 5-of-6 from the charity stripe, while Jacoby Ross finished with seven.

Makinde London led Chattanooga (1-2) with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Rodney Chatman scored 13 Nat Dixon added 12 for the Mocs.

Alabama State (0-5) struggled from the field in the first half, shooting just 30 (6-of-20) percent without hitting a three-point basket. Meanwhile, Chattanooga was able to build a big halftime lead due in part to shooting 54.5 (12-of-22) percent from the floor and 66.7 (6-of-9) percent from beyond the arc. They also went to the free throw line 10 more times than the Hornets, hitting 76.9 (10-of-13) percent from the charity stripe.

–Alabama State Strategic Communications

Air Force 57, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 47

Colorado Springs, CO – Martaveous McKnight had 15 points, three rebounds and three assists and Charles Jackson added 11 points, but the Golden Lions (0-5) fell to the Falcons (3-0) at Clune Arena in the third game of the Men Against Breast Cancer Showcase.

UAPB trailed by just one at halftime, but were outscored 33-24 in the second half.

Ryan Jackson led Air Force with a season-high 20 points and a career-high seven rebounds.

Air Force broke the game open midway through the second half with an 11-0 run to take its biggest lead of the game, 50-38, with 6:32 remaining. Sophomore Sid Tomes started the run with back-to-back 3-pointers while Manning added an old-fashioned three-point play and hit two free throws. The Golden Lions cut the lead to six, 63-57, with 20 seconds remaining, but Air Force hit four-of-four free throws in the final 17 seconds, two each by Lavelle Scottie and Trevor Lyons, to make up the final margin.

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