Braves get huge night from Jackson to end losing streak

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 2, 2006

LORMAN &8212; Losing streak? What losing streak?

Alcorn State snapped its four-game SWAC losing streak in style with a 77-74 victory over defending SWAC champion Alabama State on Monday night.

Alcorn (4-4, 4-13) built an eight-point lead with 1:34 to play, and the Braves made their final three free throws to hold off a furious A&M rally.

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&8220;We just needed a win tonight,&8221; point guard Alleo Frazier said. &8220;It didn&8217;t matter if it was Grambling or Jackson State or Southern or whoever. We just needed a win.

&8220;I don&8217;t care if we were playing an NBA team. We had to win.&8221;

And everyone contributed.

Almaad Jackson came off the bench and put together the best performance of his career &8212; 13 points, a career-high 19 rebounds, five blocks and four assists.

Delvin Thompson scored 22 points, and he made two crucial free throws with 9.0 seconds to play.

James Kendrick contributed 14 points, and Clif Douglass added 10 points. Point guard Alleo Frazier had five assists and only two turnovers in 30 minutes. The 5-foot-g guard &8212; the smallest player of the floor &8212; also grabbed a key rebound in the final minute.

&8220;Tonight, they decided to do it,&8221; Alcorn coach Samuel West said. &8220;They did it. It was all them. I thank God for my guys. I&8217;ve got a great bunch of guys.&8221;

Want the best way to calculate the Braves&8217; team-first attitude in Monday&8217;s win? Alcorn had 18 assists on 27 field goals.

Alabama A&M&8217;s Obie Trotter scored 30 points, making 7-of-13 from 3-point range, but he scored just three points after picking up his fourth foul with 7:58 to play.

Alcorn took advantage of Trotter&8217;s foul trouble.

Alcorn turned a 60-59 deficit into a 74-66 lead, thanks to handling A&M&8217;s fullcourt pressure.

The Braves missed three free throws in the final 1:34, but Frazier and Thompson combined to hit the final three.

&8220;This will give us a little confidence after those four straight losses,&8221; Jackson said.

Added Thompson, &8220;We stuck together and played well down the stretch.&8221;

Even after Jackson fouled out with 3:39, Alcorn held on to win. That made the victory that much sweeter for Almaad.