Braves go cold late in 75-70 loss

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 2, 2006

LORMAN &8212; Alcorn State made its first six shots on Saturday night and built a double-digit lead.

The prosperity didn&8217;t last.

Alcorn dropped its fourth straight SWAC game, as Alabama State used a decisive 14-0 run in the second half to earn a 75-70 victory over Alcorn at the Davey L. Whitney Complex.

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Alcorn finished with only two offensive rebounds and misssed 10 free throws the loss.

&8220;This is the second home game in a row we&8217;ve let slip away,&8221; Alcorn coach Samuel West said. &8220;We let the Grambling game slip away, too. We were up by eight against Grambling, and we were up by eight again tonight.

&8220;My fault. Put the blame on me.&8221;

Alcorn (3-13 overall, 3-4 in SWAC) led 43-36 at halftime, but Alabama State extended its perimeter defense in the second half.

The Hornets&8217; defensive pressure paid dividends, as they quickly erased Alcorn&8217;s 43-36 halftime lead and took the lead.

Alcorn&8217;s Patrick Horton nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game with 11:34 to play, and Almaad Jackson&8217;s two free throws gave Alcorn a 54-52 lead.

Alabama State responded with a 14-0 run, building a 66-55 lead when Akeim Claborn converted a three-point with 7:20 to play.

Alcorn committed several turnovers and the Braves went more than four minutes without scoring.

&8220;That&8217;s all we worked on all week &8212; playing in the post without fouling and getting the ball in the post,&8221; he said.

The not-fouling part of the gameplan didn&8217;t work, as starting center Juan Wyatt fouled out in just 19 minutes.