COURTESY: UAPB ATHLETICS
PINE BLUFF, Ark. –The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) men’s basketball team was dominant in routing Mississippi Valley State 92-52 Saturday at the H.O. Clemmons Arena.
The Golden Lions (2-8, 1-0 SWAC) had four players score in double figures, led by Shaun Doss Jr., who secured his second straight double-double with 23 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Dequan Morris added 18 points and two steals. Markedric Bell tallied with 14 points, five assists and two blocks, and Terrance Banyard added 10 points with four rebounds.
The UAPB offense put on a ball-movement clinic at home Saturday, recording 22 assists on 30 made shots, and also out-rebounded Mississippi Valley State 49-38.
UAPB’s defense held Mississippi Valley State to only 23.8% shooting from beyond the arc and 29.5% from the field.
After jumping out to a 15-10 advantage, UAPB went on a 12-0 run with 12:47 left in the first half, culminating in a bucket from Morris, to increase its lead to 27-10. The Golden Lions then added six points to that lead by the end of the period and entered halftime with a 49-26 advantage. UAPB capitalized on nine Mississippi Valley State turnovers in the period, turning them into 19 points on the other end of the floor.
Following intermission, UAPB kept widening that lead, expanding it to 72-47 before going on a 14-0 run, finished off by Alvin Stredic Jr’s jumper, to grow the lead to 86-47 with 5:51 to go in the contest. The Golden Lions kept expanding the margin and coasted the rest of the way. UAPB took care of business in the paint, recording 22 of its 43 points in the lane.
Mississippi Valley State falls to 0-9 on the season. All losses have been by at least 30 points.