After blitzing Valley Saturday, Braves ice cold against UAPB

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 1, 2006

LORMAN &8212; Fresh off its best performance of the season, Alcorn State waltzed into the Whitney Complex on Monday with a chance to secure a spot in the SWAC Tournament.

Things just didn&8217;t go according to plan, as Alcorn coach Samuel West called the game &8220;very disappointing.&8221;

Alcorn went 6:01 without scoring in the first half, fell behind by as many as 11 points in the second half and lost 66-62 to Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

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&8220;Just felt dead tonight,&8221; Alcorn point guard Alleo Frazier said. &8220;That&8217;s all. We came out flat and just never found a rhythm.&8221;

The loss pushed Alcorn (6-16 overall, 6-7 in SWAC) closer to the dreaded eighth spot in the conference standings, while UAPB (8-13, 5-8) earned a season sweep of Alcorn for the first time in 12 years.

The loss was especially tough after Monday&8217;s 78-61 victory over Mississippi Valley State.

&8220;I don&8217;t think we played well at all for the whole night,&8221; West said. &8220;That was a totally different team than the one we saw on Saturday night.&8221;

Alcorn hurt itself at the free throw line, making just 10 of 20.

The Braves scored 11 points in a furious final-minute rally, but the Lions made 9-of-10 free throws in the final 42.1 seconds. For the game, UAPB hit 13 of 18 free throws in the second half.

Delvin Thompson led Alcorn with 21 points, nine rebounds and three assists, and Frazier added 11 points for his second straight double-digit performance.