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Alabama State trips up rival A&M
Delaney leads UAB to victory

The Associated Press

Richard Lott scored 13 points while Dustin Richmond and Tahrea Jackson added 12 each to help lead Alabama State to a 74-70 victory over rival Alabama A&M on Saturday night.

Lott, Jackson and Miguel Morton made crucial free throws down the stretch, enabling the Hornets (5-15, 6-6 Southwestern Athletic Conference) to hold off a nearly successful comeback attempt by the Bulldogs (7-16, 2-10).

Trant Simpson had a double-double with 18 points and 10 assists for A&M. Cornelius Hester added 13 points and LaNorris Smith followed with 10.

Alabama A&M trailed by as many as 11 in the first half, but clawed back to make the game a seesaw battle throughout the second.

Jonathan Belt’s layup at the 1:42 mark brought the Bulldogs within one, 69-68, but Lott was fouled and made his second free throw after missing the first.

Alabama A&M pulled within a point again, 71-70, on a Mickell Gladness layup with 23 seconds left to play.

But the Bulldogs could get no closer as free throws by Jackson and Morton sealed the game for the Hornets.

UAB 73, UTEP 64: Paul Delaney III scored 19 points and Lawrence Kinnard added 15 to lead UAB to victory in Birmingham.

Frank Holmes scored 13 points to round out the double digit scoring for UAB (12-12, 4-6 Conference USA). He also grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Blazers broke a three-game losing streak at home with the win. UAB had previously won 19 straight home games before the skid.

Stefon Jackson scored 22 points to lead UTEP (13-12, 5-6). Marvin Kilgore added 15 points for the Miners, who lost for the fifth time in six games.

Holmes powered inside for 10 points to lead UAB to a 40-26 halftime lead.

Kinnard scored four straight baskets early in the second half as the Blazers stretched their lead to 26 points at 54-28.

The game tightened down the stretch as Jackson and Kilgore heated up for UTEP and sparked a late rally. A driving basket by Jackson pulled the Miners to within 68-60 with 1:21 left.

UAB contributed to the UTEP comeback with poor shooting from the free throw line. They at one point made just 3 of 10 and were 12-of-30 for the game.

Austin Peay 52, Samford 50: Fernandez Lockett scored a game-high 16 points including two late 3-pointers to help Austin Peay pull out a victory in Birmingham.

Austin Peay (17-1, 14-2 Ohio Valley Conference) trailed just once in the game, when Samford (14-11, 11-5) scored the opening points.

The Governors took charge after that, leading by as much as 10 points and closing the half ahead 30-25. Drake Reed followed Lockett in double digit scoring with 15 points.

Randall Gulina led Samford with 15 points and Jerry Smith added 14. The Bulldogs trailed by six, 47-41, at the 6:31 mark, but a 3-pointer by Joe Ross Merritt sparked a late rally.

Travis Peterson and Smith each made both of their free throws to put the Bulldogs within a point, 51-50, but Reed was fouled by Curtis West at the 1:22 mark. He made his first free throw for the final score.

Ark.-Little Rock 79, Troy 71: Lekheythan Malone scored 23 points as Arkansas-Little Rock held Troy to only one made free throw for a win in a Sun Belt Conference game.

UALR (12-14, 7-8) has struggled from the free throw line for much of the season. But the Trojans made 22 of 31 free throw attempts while keeping Troy to 1 of 3.

Steven Moore scored 17 points for UALR, including 10 of 12 from the line. He also had seven assists.

Terrance Akins added 16 and De’Andre Eggins scored 13. Rashad Jones-Jennings had 14 rebounds for UALR.

Boo Ramsey led the scoring for Troy with 24 points, including 8 of 13 from 3-point range. O’Darien Bassett scored 19, and he accounted for Troy’s one good free throw. Richard Chaney scored 11.

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