Basketball

Tigers Basketball Edges Alabama A&M on the Road Winning 9th Straight Game

Fred SturdivantNORMAL, AL – Needing some late game buckets to get over the hump got a big boost from on Saturday night as he scored 18 points helping knock off 64-62 on the road. With the win kept pace in the regular season title race.

The (14-14, 13-2 SWAC) held a 58-46 advantage with 7:56 remaining. Alabama A&M would attempt to make a run cutting into Texas Southern’s lead but Omar Strong ended the run with a layup bringing the score to 59-56 with 3:34 left in regulation. After a Bulldogs’ layup brought the score to 59-58, Texas Southern tallied four straight points for a 63-58 lead with 2:02 remaining.

“I thought our guys executed well down the stretch,” said TSU head . “Fred got some big time blocks for us on the defensive end and Aaron scored points when we needed him to. Overall I thought this was a solid team performance against a well coached Alabama A&M team.”

Alabama A&M converted 1 of 2 free throws to take the score to 63-62 with nine seconds remaining. Texas Southern’s grabbed the rebound after the miss free throw attempt and was fouled. He would subsequently hit 1 of 2 at the line giving the Tiger’s a two point lead. A desperation shot for Alabama A&M was no good as Texas Southern got a big win on the road.

For the night Clayborn was 9-of-11 shooting from the field while added 11 points and contributed 10 points. Sturdivant made several game changing plays on the defensive end of the floor rejecting a total of five AAMU shots in 31 minutes of play.

Inside the Numbers
Texas Southern outscored Alabama A&M inside the paint 36-30 while also outrebounding the Bulldogs 35-34. The Tigers shot 49 percent from the floor while holding Alabama A&M to 43 percent from the field.

Up Next
Texas Southern will get set to face Alabama State on the road on Monday at 7:30 pm. The Tigers will return home on Thursday as they are slated to host Southern on Thursday, February 28 at 8:00 pm at H&PE Arena.

  • Omar Strong made a three-point basket for the 60th consecutive game which is the current longest active streak in the NCAA.
  • Fred Sturdivant tallied five blocked shots against Alabama A&M.
  • The Tigers had a total of three players score in double figures against Alabama A&M.
  • Texas Southern leads the Southwestern Athletic Conference in points scored per game.

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