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SWAC teams score big basketball upsets over the weekend

(Photo courtesy of The SWAC)

SWAC basketball has been the butt of many jokes for the last couple of decades, but the conference scored scored some big wins this weekend. Teams from the SWAC got the better of teams from the WAC, Conference USA and the ACC in a big opening weekend for the conference.

Victories included:

UAPB defeated Seattle 58-56, coming back from a 33-28 halftime deficit to start the season 1-0.

Alabama A&M coming up with a 68-67 overtime win over Tulane behind 22 points from LaDarius Tabb.

And in perhaps the biggest win, Alabama State bested Virginia Tech 85-82 on Saturday night. 

“We knew they were bigger, their guards were big. We were starting three guys six-two or under and we were starting a 6-5 guy at forward. We just wanted to keep the floor open and try to attack their big wing guys, get in the lane and get kick outs,” ASU coach Lewis Jackson said. “We were fortunate enough to do some of that a little bit and they missed a couple of shots there late and got the rebound. We were able to execute down the stretch and hit some free throws. We knew the size would be a big problem but the guys fought hard.”

None of these wins are Southern beating Georgia Tech in the NCAA Tourney, but they are an indication the SWAC might be on the upswing in hoops. 

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