ASU Basketball falls to Prairie View A&M

Prairie View A&M (9-12/5-3 SWAC) used a 19-9 run over the final four minutes of the game to turn a five point deficit into a 64-57 conference win over Alabama State University (7-13/4-4 SWAC) handing the Hornets their third consecutive loss.

Luther Page gave ASU a 48-43 lead on his two free throws with 4:03 left in the game.  That would be the last time ASU would score until a Tramaine Butler three with 37 seconds left in the game.  Over that time PVAMU scored 15 consecutive points to build a 58-48 lead until Butler's three.

As ASU was trying to hold on to their lead, they turned the ball over on four consecutive possessions which the Panthers turned into eight points to jump start them on their run.  Marcellus Jackson scored all eight of those points to give PVAMU the lead they would not give up again.

"We had no poise, no understanding of the game and our guard play is really killing us," head coach Lewis Jackson said.  "We have upper classmen at guard but we are just not playing smart basketball at all.  We were actually up five and we turn it over and they come down and score and then we are up three and do the same thing."

"But when you play like this and get into the funk we are in we have to have solid play from our seniors and we are not getting that."

It was the second time of the game the Panthers had gone on a long scoring stretch to build a lead.  PVAMU scored the last four points of the first half and came out in the second half and scored the first nine points to build a 30-20 lead before ASU started their comeback.

ASU was able to make a 15-2 run led by three consecutive three pointers, one from Butler and two from White as ASU took a 35-32 lead with 12:20 left in the game.

The Panthers entered the game with no one averaging in double figures, but had three hit double figures tonight.  Louis Munks was only three of 13 from the field, but led the team with 15 points as he hit two three's and was seven of eight at the line.

Jourdan DeMuynck had 12 points and Jackson finished with 11.  The Panthers out rebounded ASU 52-40 and Jules Montgomery had a game-high 12.

Butler led ASU with a game-high 19 points knocking down six three-pointers.  Philip Crawford scored 14 and also had a team-high seven rebounds.

Neither team shot the ball well with PVAMU shooting 36 percent from the field and ASU shooting 31 percent.  ASU committed 16 turnovers to 13 for the visitors, but the difference was the 12 rebound advantage PVAMU had over ASU.

The first half started out well for the Hornets as they jumped out to an 11-7 lead after connecting on four of their first seven shots.  From there it went downhill the rest of the first half as ASU only hit three of their next 22 shots and finished the half only shooting 24 percent from the field.

PVAMU did not shoot any better in the first half shooting only 29 percent from the field.  The Panthers out rebounded ASU 25-19, with five of those coming on the offensive end of the floor.

Even though ASU could not shoot in the first half, they still held a 20-17 lead with 1:06 left in the half.  From there PVAMU scored the final four points with Jules Montgomery's basket with 30 seconds left giving PVAMU a 21-20 lead heading into the locker room.

ASU will host Texas Southern University Monday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.  The game will be carried live on ESPNU.