TSU Advances With Hard-Fought Win Over Alcorn
GARLAND, TEXAS - The No. 2 seed Texas Southern got all they could handle from the sixth seed Alcorn State, but survived to move into the SWAC championship game with a 60-55 win. The Tigers (15-17) will face the winner of Mississippi Valley State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Junior guard Omar Strong led Texas Southern with 18 points. He was 5-for-13 from the field, with a pair of 3-pointers, and 6-for-6 from the freethrow line. Freshman guard Madarious Gibbs had 12 points and six rebounds, while junior forward D'Angelo Scott scored 10 points and had six rebounds. Senior forward Daniel King contributed eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Senior guard Ken McDonald and junior guard Anthony Nieves each scored 11 points to lead Alcorn State. junior guard Martrevious Sanders finished with 10 points, five rebounds and eight assists.
Alcorn State carried a 31-29 lead in at halftime after a buzz-beating basket by guard Xavian Rimmer. The Braves hit 12-of-23 fieldgoals in the first half for 52%. However, though they only shot 31%, TSU still just trailed by two.
TSU established control early in the second half, opening open up a seven point lead on the strength of a 14-6 run to begin the last 20 minutes. A freethrow by King gave TSU a 43-36 lead with 12:53 left in the game.
Alcorn rallied late to get close. A dunk by Michael Starks had the Braves trailing 58-55 with 24 seconds left. But, a pair of freethrows by Scott put the game out of reach with 22 seconds left.