Normal, Ala. - The Bulldogs battled hard and won the first half of their matchup with the second place team in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Led by former UAB coach Mike Davis Texas Southern defeated A&M 64-62.
TSU started the game on a 9-0 run before Alabama A&M got on the scoreboard with a Brandon Ellis layup at the 15:15 mark. From there A&M battled back to make a 28-21 run to take a 30-29 half-time lead. Jeremy Crutcher led the team with 10 points while Ellis had secured nine points.
By half-time there were three lead changes while TSU had outscored the Maroon & White 20-12 in points in the paint and 10-5 in second chance opportunities.
Texas Southern opened the second half with a Law Johnson-Danner three pointer to take the lead 32-30. The game went back and forth from there with the teams exchanging the lead 11 times.
After a Crutcher layup made it 59-58, Texas Southern ran off four straight points for a 63-58 lead with 2:02 left.
Freshman Nicholas West hit one of two free throws to make it 63-62 with nine seconds remaining. Danner then grabbed the rebound from the second miss, was fouled and hit one of two at the line to end the scoring.
With 5.3 seconds remaining Danner missed his second free-throw after an A&M timeout, the miss was rebounded by Crutcher who raced up the court and missed the game-winning shot. TSU escaped Elmore gymnasium with a 64-62 win.
TSU won the points in the paint battle 36-30 and second chance points 15-7. A&M took the points off turnovers battle 16-13 and bench points 14-13.
The loss leaves head coach Willie Hayes winless versus TSU during his tenure.
Brandon Ellis led the Bulldogs (9-17, 5-10) with 16 points and Jeremy Crutcher added 15.
Aaron Clayborn led Texas Southern with 18 points.
Prairie View A&M awaits the Bulldogs in their final regular season contest in Elmore gymnasium. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25th.
Courtesy Alabama A&M Media Relations