Defense triggers Braves to road win

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 12, 2003

MONTGOMERY, Ala. &045; Different location, same result.

Alcorn State put together another solid defensive performance against Alabama State Tuesday, and the Braves got two free throws from Tori Harris with seven seconds left to take a 58-55 win over the Hornets to advance to this weekend’s SWAC semifinals in Birmingham.

The contest was almost a repeat of the Braves’ 69-50 win over Bama State in Lorman in what was one of their better defensive outings of the year.

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The Braves now move on to face Prairie View A&M, a team that has beaten the Braves twice and edged Southern, 56-55, in Houston.

&uot;We played well all night long,&uot; Alcorn head coach Davey Whitney said. &uot;We played great defense. We held them to 38 percent shooting. After about the first eight minutes we controlled the ball game. I thought we rebounded well and played defense real well.&uot;

The Hornets shot just 25 percent in the first half by making just seven of 28 shots from the field. The Braves, however, pounded it inside to to big men Myles Howard, Brian Jackson and Dion Callans

Callans led the Braves with 16, while Jackson had 14 and Howard had nine.

&uot;We got some shots inside,&uot; Whitney said. &uot;We got half of our points in the paint.&uot;