Category Archives: SWAC

Liberty Basketball: Previewing the Alabama State Hornets

Gee, Reginald
Sophomore guard Reginald Gee (12) posted 16 points for Alabama State in their loss to Louisiana Tech on Thursday to open the New Orleans Shootout. (Header: Liberty Athletics)

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Friday’s contest marks the end of non-conference play for both the Liberty Flames and Alabama State Hornets, and both are looking to cap things off with a win.

Both the Flames and Hornets lost their first games at the New Orleans Shootout on Thursday. Liberty fell to the Fort Wayne Mastodons, 75-74, while Alabama State failed to pick up their first win of the season against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 74-62. With Friday being the last opportunity for both schools to build some momentum before the grind of conference play begins, you can bet both will look to come out of the gate strong.

Liberty and Alabama State square off at 1:00pm EST, with the Mastodons and Bulldogs set to square off shortly after the completion of the first game. The games are being played at the Xavier Convocation Center, which is home to the Xavier University of Louisiana Gold Rush (men) and Gold Nuggets (women).

Here’s what you need to know about both teams in advance of the opening tip.

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Hawai’i Stays Undefeated at Home With a 72-60 Win Against Prairie View A&M

Gary Blackston (middle) scored a game-high 27 points on Wednesday, but Prairie View A&M lost their third straight game in a 72-60 decision on the road at Hawai’i. (Source: Ben Green – Emerald) (Header: The Star Advertiser)

HONOLULU — The Hawai’i Warriors beat the Prairie View A&M Panthers, 72-60, inside the Stan Sheriff Center late Wednesday night.

The Warriors will take the win, even though it was one of their ugliest games of the season.

As a team, the Warriors shot a ghastly 38.6% from the field, as well as 29.2% from beyond the arc. Continue reading Hawai’i Stays Undefeated at Home With a 72-60 Win Against Prairie View A&M

Bethune-Cookman Pulls Away in Second Half for 87-78 win over Grambling

Ryan Ridder and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats pulled away from a stingy Grambling team in the second half on Tuesday for the 87-78 victory. (Photos: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fl. — The second full week of the 2017-18 college basketball season is in full swing, with several marquee early-season events taking place over the next few days.

On Tuesday, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats welcomed the Grambling Tigers to Daytona Beach in conjunction with the Ramblin’ Wreck Showcase. The Wildcats were coming off a close three-point loss to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in their last outing, while the Tigers were looking to end their three-game losing streak to open the year.

After the Wildcats opened the scoring on a free throw from Shawntrez Davis, the Tigers went on a 9-0 run to take an early eight-point lead. They would hold the lead until the midway point of the first half, until a three ball from Soufiyane Diakite tied the game at 16-all with 10:36 left on the clock.

From there, the host Wildcats wouldn’t trail the rest of the way. Bethune-Cookman would pull away in the second half for the 87-78 victory, ending their own losing streak at three games in the process. Continue reading Bethune-Cookman Pulls Away in Second Half for 87-78 win over Grambling

Duke Remains Perfect in 2017-18 with win over Southern

Duke’s Grayson Allen sores in for a layup in the first half of play verses Southern University Friday Night. (Source. Chuck Liddy- The News & Observer) (Header: SB Nation)

DURHAM, NC. – The challenge of being the top-ranked team in college basketball is that everyone wants to knock you off. There is not going to be an easy game for the Blue Devils all season long.

On Friday night, the Duke Blue Devils continued their hot start to the season, beating the Southern University Jaguars, 78-61.

The Blue Devils remain perfect through four games in 2017-18. Continue reading Duke Remains Perfect in 2017-18 with win over Southern

Hawai’i Begins Their Season with an 82-70 Victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Senior forward Gibson Johnson scored 19 points to help lead Hawai’i past Arkansas-Pine Bluff to open the 2017 Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic on Friday. (Source: Hawai’i Athletics) (Header: Hawai’i Athletics)

HONOLULU — The Hawai’i Warriors opened up their 2017-18 season with a with an 82-70 win against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Friday’s contest was a part of the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic.

Senior forwards Mike Thomas and Gibson Johnson poured in 19 points a piece, with junior forward Jack Purchase also contributing 18 of his own.

The trio of forwards combined to have a staggering sixty-eight percent of the Warriors’ points in the game. Continue reading Hawai’i Begins Their Season with an 82-70 Victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Ohio slips past Alabama A&M, 61-53

Doug Taylor (45) narrowly missed a double-double in the Bobcats’ season opener, posting six points and 12 rebounds to help lead Ohio past Alabama A&M. (Source: WOUB)

ATHENS, Ohio — Heading into Saturday’s tilt with the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, the Ohio Bobcats were looking to keep the winning ways going for the Mid-American Conference.

Only one team has lost their season opening game at this point in the MAC (sorry, Ball State), and the Bobcats didn’t want to kick off their season with an 0-1 record.

The SWAC, on the other hand, had only one team pick up a win on opening night (shoutout to Jackson State). On Saturday, the Bulldogs were looking to reverse the conference’s early-season fortunes and get their own season started on the right foot.

Out of the gate, the teams were neck and neck. Ohio closed the first half on a 9-0 run to take a double-digit lead into the break, and wouldn’t trail throughout the entire second half. Alabama A&M cut the deficit down to five points as the second half was winding down, but were never able to overtake the Bobcats.

Ohio held down their home court with a 61-53 victory over Alabama A&M. Continue reading Ohio slips past Alabama A&M, 61-53