Duncan leads ASU past AAMU

MONTGOMERY—Chris Duncan had a season-high 19 points and competed the double-double with a game-high 15 rebounds, to lead Alabama State University to an 82-68 win over Alabama A&M University, giving the Hornets their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Duncan was not the only Hornet to reach double digits as Tramayne Moorer had 12 and Kenderek Washington and Tramaine Butler each had 11.

ASU shot 51 percent (28-55) from the field and that includes a strong 55 percent (11-20) in the second half.  ASU came out of the locker room at halftime only leading 43-40, but turned up the defensive pressure and held AAMU to only 29 percent shooting (10-34) after halftime.

DeMarquelle Tabb came off the bench to lead AAMU in scoring with 15 points.  Casey Cantey had 12 and Bo Amusa had 11.

It was a game that saw the Hornets out rebound AAMU 54-31 and also had six blocked shots.  The Hornets once again had a solid game distributing the ball as ASU finished with 15 assists lead by Jeff Middlebrooks game-high five.

The first half saw AAMU cut into an early 16-3 ASU lead by getting to the free throw line.  The Bulldogs hit 19 of their 29 first half free throw attempts as 19 fouls were called on ASU while only eight fouls were called on AAMU.

The Hornets shot 50 percent (17-34) from the field in the first half while holding the visitors to only 36 percent (10-28).  ASU also held a 30-13 rebounding edge at halftime.

ASU moves to 9-16 overall and moves to .500 in the SWAC at 6-6.  AAMU falls to 10-11 overall and remains one game ahead of ASU in the conference standings with a 7-5 record.

"We did a good job on the boards tonight and limited them to one shot," head coach Lewis Jackson said.  "That clearly was the difference of the basketball game."

"We really attacked the basket tonight which helped us get easy shots.  I was also pleased with the way we got after it on the defensive end," Jackson said.

The Hornets will hit the road for their next two games beginning with a 4 p.m. tip off at Southern University on Saturday, Feb. 19.