Southern blisters Alcorn in second half for victory

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 14, 2005

BATON ROUGE &045; Five Southern seniors knew it was their last chance to win on their home court.

Southern, led by the play of its seniors, came out in the second half against Alcorn State on a mission, and the Braves could do little to slow the Jaguars down.

Southern opened the second period with a 17-3 run. The Jaguars backed that up with a 9-3 run, then a 9-5 run and then, well, things got ugly.

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In the end, the Jaguars outscored Alcorn 53-26 in the second half en route to an 85-53 win over the Braves (6-21, 5-11). Alvin Mott’s alley-oop slam dunk as time expired was just the icing on the cake for Southern, who cruised into the finish.

Southern (13-12, 9-6) led by as many as 32 points, taking an easy win over Alcorn as the SWAC regular season begins to wind down. Both teams have two games left in the regular season against Texas Southern and Prairie View A&M this week.

&uot;Those seniors helped get this program back on its feet and moving in the right direction,&uot; Southern head coach Michael Grant said.

The five Southern seniors, who all started the game, combined for 51 points in the win. Guard Chris Alexander came off the bench to lead the team with 19 points.

After hanging close in the first half when they trailed by just five points, Alcorn struggled mightily to score in the second half, getting just six points in the first nine minutes of the period.

&uot;It’s been that way all year,&uot; Alcorn head coach Samuel West said. &uot;We’ve hit lulls in the game all year, and I don’t know how to explain it. I don’t know anything I can say to them.&uot;

Grant said his team’s defense made the difference in the second half.

&uot;We did a nice job of keeping the ball away from certain people on their team, of containing their offense,&uot; Grant said.

The main player Southern targeted was Alcorn’s leading scorer this season, Delvin Thompson. After 14 first-half points, Thompson finished the game with just 21 and had none in the first 7:25 of the half as Southern built a 53-32 lead.

&uot;(Thompson) was the only one hurting us and he was mostly getting his points on layups,&uot; Grant said. &uot;I told them if we could stop the layups that would make the difference.&uot;

Thompson was the only Brave in double figures in the game, indeed the only one who had more than six points. Alleo Frazier was second in scoring with six points.

The Braves led in the early going of the game by as many as six points, but it didn’t last long. Southern tied the game at 13 and never looked back, eventually taking a 32-27 lead into halftime.