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HOUSTON — Omar Strong scored 27 points, including five 3-pointers, and the Tigers shot a 52 percent from the field Monday in a 97-65 trouncing of Alabama State.
Lawrence Danner-Johnson contributed 20 points and hit six 3-pointers for Texas Southern. Ray Penn scored 19 points, Fred Sturdivant put in 13 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, and Aaron Clayborn added 11 points.
“Tonight we did not do a good job of getting out to the shooters to take away those long shots, and they shot it well,” Alabama State coach Lewis Jackson said.
Phillip Crawford lead ASU with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Joshua Freelove scored 14 points. The Hornets only shot 35 percent, including just four of 20 3-point attempts.
Jamel Waters put in eight points and recorded a team-high six assists and four steals.
ASU trailed by 10 at halftime when Texas Southern went on a 16-5 run to put the game away.
“We knew the first five minutes of the second half would set the tone,” Jackson said. “When you continue to have bad offense, it translates into poor defense. Our inefficiency on offense turned into good shots for them.”
The Hornets (6-16, 4-5 SWAC) host Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Texas Southern women 74, ASU 40
Texas Southern went on a 13-0 run early and was never challenged Monday, cruising past Alabama State.
“This was a terrible game for us offensively and defensively,” coach Freda Freeman-Jackson said. “How we just played is definitely unacceptable.”
Kierra Page led ASU with 14 points. Texas Southern had four players in double digits, led by Brianna Sidney with 14 points.
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