Hornets roll into conference play

Alabama State closed out its non-conference men’s basketball schedule with a 93-68 win over Thomas University, giving the Hornets (6-5) a 5-0 record in home non-conference games. The Hornets didn’t play any quality non-conference opponents at home, but it was the perfect medicine for a rebuilding squad.

Hornets establishing career highs on Monday were Jamel Waters (12 assists), Billy Ingram (16 points) and Maurice Strong (15 rebounds), while Tony Jacob got in five minutes of playing time for the third consecutive game. That’s good news for a new squad that needs confidence rolling into conference play.

ASU plays at Grambling on Saturday, a nice conference opener that is winnable before going to Jackson State on Monday.

It’s probably going to be a long year for the Hornets, who need help in the post and aren’t shooting well from the perimeter, but head coach Lewis Jackson scheduled a nice mix of tough non-conference road foes that handed the Hornets five losses in six games and a good slate of home games that helped build confidence


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