Alcorn State returns home eager to build on next thousand wins

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 17, 2002

Thursday, January 17, 2002

LORMAN – The Alcorn State University Braves and Lady Braves

made this most recent two-game road trip a successful one and

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now they are back at home for two straight games in the David

L. Whitney Complex, with the first of those looming ever so large

for the men’s squad.

Saturday’s game of the week in the Southwestern Athletic Conference

will no doubt be between the remaining two undefeated teams in

the league in ASU and Alabama State.

The Braves (7-5, 6-0 in SWAC) are riding a six-game winning

streak, while the Hornets, the defending SWAC champions, sport

the league’s best overall mark, coming into the game at 10-6.

If the Braves can piece together the wins during the homestretch,

they will end the first part of their conference slate undefeated.

If Saturday turns out the way Whitney and company want it to,

it shouldn’t be inconceivable that the other game in Lorman falls

into place as well.

The back end of this homestand includes a Monday night date

with Alabama A&M (4-6, 2-3).

The Braves are second in the league in scoring average per

outing at 74.4, just a shade behind Grambling’s 74.5.

Lady Braves go for third straight

The Lady Braves rebounded from the loss to Grambling State

by reeling off two straight victories, on the road, besting the

Mississippi Valley State Devilettes 57-53 and doing the same to

the Pine Bluff Lady Lions going away, 78-63.

The Lady Braves are 8-3 and 5-1 in SWAC play, one half game

behind first place Southern University.

Saturday’s game should be one with excellent shooting, as Alabama

State and Alcorn are first and second, respectively, in field

goal percentage.

The Lady Hornets hit at a .474 clip while ASU’s rate of makes

is .390.