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TSU’s near shocker in Texas highlights great night of HBCU basketball

A look across the country at Monday night HBCU hoops.

Courtesy: TSU Athletics

Monday night had a little bit of everything in HBCU basketball.  A near epic upset, a huge comeback and an unbeaten streak remain intact all in one night. Plus a killer crossover or two thrown in for good measure. Before the holiday break sets in here’s one more good dose of hoops action from across the HBCU universe.

Tennessee State 46  Texas 47

Tennessee State (5-5) nearly pulled off the upset of the night before losing to Texas (8-3) in a nationally televised ballgame.  The Longhorns pulled out the win on a Matt Coleman jumper with 9.2 seconds left.

TSU put the nation on notice that they are for real, leading the Longhorns for over 16 minutes in the game. There were a total of four ties and 10 lead changes between the two teams. The Tigers used an 8-0 run late in the game to take a 46-45 lead before Coleman’s big jump shot. Christian Mekowulu led the Tigers with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds.



Bowie State 67   Winston-Salem State 69

The Winston-Salem State Rams (4-8, 2-1 CIAA) got their second straight CIAA win in dramatic fashion with a 69-67 win over the Bowie State Bulldogs (5-8, 0-2 CIAA), Monday evening. After falling behind by as many as 18 points in the second half, the Rams staged a furious comeback, highlighted by a pair of free throws, a key block, and a game-winning drawn charge by junior forward Jamel McAllister to claim the win for the Rams.

Chowan 58  St. Augustine’s 71

Quincy January and Tyre Gathright both scored 18 points apiece as St. Augustine’s (5-8, 3-0 CIAA) continued its conference perfection by defeating Chowan (0-3 CIAA, 4-7) by a score of 71-58. Robert Grubbs led the Hawks with 17 points.

Lincoln (Pa.) 70  Livingstone 87

Livingstone (2-4, 1-1 CIAA) outscored Lincoln (6-6, 1-2 CIAA) by ten points in the second half for a comfortable 87-70 win in Salisbury on Monday night. Ramel Belfield scored 22 points off the bench in the win.


Central State University 66  Morehouse 88

Morehouse is shaping up to be one of the big stories in HBCU basketball this year.  The Maroon Tigers rolled to a perfect 10-0; 5-0 record, beating the Central State Marauders, 88-66. After a slow start, the Maroon Tigers cranked it up and led 38-21, at the half, and by as many as 30 in the second half. It was the third straight Morehouse win by 20 or more points.

Fort Valley State 80  Embry-Riddle University 87

Tyler Edwards led four Fort Valley State University Wildcats in double digits in the 87-80 loss to non-conference foe Embry-Riddle College Monday Night at the ICI Center on Embry-Riddle’s campus. FVSU fell to 7-6 overall on the season, while ERC improved their overall record to 5-6.

Spring Hill College 74  Benedict 83

The Benedict College Tigers used a big 23-7 second-half run to pull away from the Spring Hill Badgers and take an 83-74 victory in a SIAC men’s basketball game on Monday night. Playing their only home game in the month of December, the Tigers got 18 points from Brandon Morris and Jelani Watson-Gayle, while Mike Udume came off the bench to score 15 points, hitting four second-half 3-pointers that helped the Tigers pull away for the win.

LeMoyne-Owen College 63  Paine 68

Paine (2-9, 1-3 SIAC) found its rhythm en route to its first SIAC victory after beating LeMoyne-Owen (3-7, 0-5 SIAC) on Monday night 68-63.  Paine’s Babe Murphy and Reshun Ellis of LeMoyne-Owen both scored 22 points to led all scorers.

Kentucky State University 67  Clark Atlanta 94

The Panthers (11-1, 5-0) have now won at least 10 games or more in back-to-back seasons after only recording single-digit winning season in three of four years, from 2012 to 2015.  The Thorobreds (3-10, 2-4) have dropped three consecutive games, after winning three of four, including two conference matchups.


Jacksonville State 62  Howard 60

Malcolm Drumwright’s jumper with nearly three minutes to play proved to be the game-winner as Jacksonville State held off Howard for a 62-60 victory on Monday night.

Eastern Kentucky 83  Norfolk State 66

Eastern Kentucky used a big run early in the second half to pull away from the Norfolk State men’s basketball team in an 83-66 win over the Spartans in non-conference action on Monday night at EKU’s McBrayer Arena.


Alcorn State 83, Blue Mountain 56

Senior A.J. Mosby tied his career-high with 22 points and was one of four student-athletes in double-figures for the Alcorn State University men’s basketball program as it posted an 83-56 win over Blue Mountain on Monday evening at the Davey L. Whitney Complex.

TCU vs Texas Southern men’s basketball in Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas on December 18, 2017. (Photo/Gregg Ellman )

#15 TCU 91, Texas Southern 72

For a half, winless Texas Southern refused to follow the script against undefeated No. 15 TCU. The Tigers just couldn’t keep pace for a whole game.
Consecutive 3-pointers from TCU’s Alex Robinson and Kenrich Williams sparked a second-half surge, giving the Horned Frogs (11-0) some breathing room on their way to a 91-72 win. The victory extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 16 games dating to last season.

Grand Canyon 71, Mississippi Valley State 38

Dante Scott led the Delta Devils (0-11) with 13 points, five rebounds and two blocks, but Mississippi Valley State struggled to find their shot on a night where the team shot just 27 percent from the floor as a team.

Various wire reports from schools were used in this article.




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