Normal, Ala. – The Alabama A&M men’s basketball team faced a tough Alcorn State Braves squad that got the best of the Bulldogs dropping them 69-59 on Saturday night.
Ahead 1-0 going into the 18th minute of the first half the Braves went on a seven to two run that propelled them ahead of the Bulldogs 7-3.
AAMU shot a season low 27 percent from the field on 16-59. This was only their second loss at home all year. Point guard Jeremy Crutcher was held scoreless for the first time since March 1, 2012 when the Bulldogs defeated Jackson State.
Leading the scoring for the fourth place team in the conference was G. A. Hill with 12 points mostly coming from the charity stripe (9-10). Brandon Ellis scored 11 with 10 coming in the second half. Freshman Nicholas West posted his first double digit performance of the season with 10 points going three-for-three from the 3-point line.
The game stayed close throughout the first half with no team taking more than a five point lead. Before Alcorn took a 33-32 lead into half-time West dropped one of his threes to electrify the crowd and give the Bulldogs a momentum swing to come out with.
At half-time A&M’s G. A. Hill had dropped 10 points already but the Braves Marquiz Baker and LeAntwan Luckett had 14 and 13 respectively to lead the team from Mississippi.
By the 11:35 mark in the second half the Willie Hayes led squad had only scored five points compared to the Braves 10. Hill then dropped two free-throws to pull the score at 43 all with 9:19 on the clock. The second place Braves then took the lead and built it from there.
The points in the paint battle was won by the Braves in a game that saw nine lead changes and six tied scores. The AAMU bench was instrumental in this contest as they scored 24 of the 59 points in the tenth loss for coach Hayes.
A&M won the points off turnovers battle 13-10 and outscored the Braves in second chance points 7-2. The Braves out-scored the Maroon & White 13-2 in second chance opportunities.
Maquiz Baker and LeAntwan Luckett scored 25 apiece for a combined 50 points to lead the Braves. Five other Braves players combined for 19 points to complete the 69 point total.
A&M will try to right the ship when they welcome the first place team in the conference the Jaguars of Southern University, Monday, January 21st in Elmore gymnasium.
Courtesy Alabama A&M Media Relations