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“According to us, of course we were playing good defense,” said Maurice Strong, who had 12 points and a team-high six rebounds. “According to the referees, we have to get there earlier. I don’t think we played the best defense we could have played, but we did a good enough job to win the game.”
Waters scored 28 points and had five assists, coming up with several crucial baskets down the stretch as Alcorn (10-15) continued to cut into the lead at the free-throw line.
“I think we played good defense, but we didn’t keep our hands off of them,” Waters said. “The refs blew the whistle, called the fouls and got them to the free-throw line.”
Robinson added 17 points and had four assists to help the Hornets, and Terrance LeFlore had all seven of his points in the final 77 seconds, including five at the free-throw line, to set up Monday’s showdown with the Jaguars.
“It’s a big win for us because we dropped two on the road (in their most recent road swing) so we wanted to come back to get momentum for Monday,” Waters said.
ASU women 68,
Alcorn State 59
Daniele Ewert scored a career-high 13 points and handed out five assists to help the Hornets turn back Alcorn.
The former Prattville High star hit 11 of 12 free throws in the win. Brittney Wright led ASU (12-12, 5-8 SWAC) with 15 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Nakiya Smith with 14 points. Jasmine Peeples added 10.
“This was a much needed win,” ASU coach Freda Freeman-Jackson said. “I thought our girls really fought hard.” We knew coming into the game that this was going to be an even tempered team and we had to match their aggression. I felt that we weren’t matching their aggression at first but midway thru the half, we changed our game plan.”
Angelic Wilson-Reid led Alcorn State (7-18, 6-8) with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
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