As bad as it gets: Braves blown out at UAPB

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 2, 2006

PINE BLUFF, Ark. &8212; Alcorn State apparently missed its wake-up call.

In a game that started at 11 a.m. and was televised nationally by ESPNU, Alcorn delivered its worst performance of the season as Arkansas-Pine Bluff ran away with a 74-48 victory on Saturday.

The 48-point output is the Braves&8217; lowest of the season, and Alcorn (3-3, 3-12) trailed by as many as 31 points in the second half.

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&8220;We just flat got our butts kicked,&8221; Alcorn coach Samuel West said. &8220;We didn&8217;t show up to play.&8221;

Alcorn has now lost three straight SWAC games after opening conference play 3-0 for the first time since 2001.

Alcorn played without starting forward Almaad Jackson, who ranks among the SWAC leaders in rebounding and blocked shots. Jackson missed the game with a knee injury.

Forward Jarvis Williams continued to sit out with an knee injury, and leading scorer Delvin Thompson &8212; who has been bothered by an arm injury &8212; made just 3-of-13 shots.

Perhaps the absence of Jackson can be blamed for Alcorn&8217;s sluggishness, but the Braves never found any rhythm.

&8220;We had some injuries, but that&8217;s no excuse,&8221; West said.

The smaller, quicker Lions (3-1, 2-3) built a double-digit lead in the game&8217;s opening 10 minutes.

Alcorn cut the deficit to four on Clifton Douglass&8217; 3-pointer with 4:39 to play before halftime, but UAPB responded with a 12-2 run to end the half.

Alcorn played its worst half of the season in the first half, going 7:01 without scoring and trailing 30-18 at intermission.