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ASU Basketball falls on road at Texas Southern, 67-59

In a game which featured 47 fouls, including two technicals, and 69 free throws, Alabama State University (10-17/7-8 SWAC) dropped a 67-59 game at Texas Southern University (11-16/10-5 SWAC).  The difference of the game was TSU's ability to knock down 29 of their 38 free throw attempts (.763 percent) while the Hornets only hit 15 of their 31 attempts (.484 percent). 

The Hornets trailed the entire game, but on two occasions had the lead down to four points at 39-35 at the 11:28 mark and again at 52-48 at the 4:38 mark, but that would be as close as ASU would get as TSU hit 10 of their final 12 free throws and hit a couple of breakaway layups.

Madarious Gibbs was the big benefactor of the free throw shooting, as he hit 13 of 16 free throws and finished with those 13 points.  Omar Strong had a game-high 21 points and Fred Sturdivant came off the bench to finish with 14 points.

Tramaine Butler led ASU with 18 points and Luther Page came off the bench to finish with 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

"We continue to make bad plays and have too many missed shots around the basket and certainly too many missed free throws," head coach Lewis Jackson said.  "I know we missed a ton and I am not sure exactly how well they shot but they shot them pretty well.  When you get 29 points from the free throw line and you win a ball game by six or seven that proves to be a difference."

"We certainly had our opportunities, but if we are going to do anything we have got to make plays when we have the opportunity."

ASU only shot 35 percent from the field, but they were even worse from beyond the three point line where they missed all 19 of their attempts.

"For whatever reason we missed too many shots and easy missed baskets continue to put you in a bad situation.  We had great looks at the basket both from long range and around the basket in the paint, but it goes back to the free throws.  If you are going to be a good ball team you have to make them."

TSU shot 41 percent from the field and was able to make it through the game even though the ASU defense forced 27 turnovers, but was only able to score 21 points off those turnovers.

TSU jumped out to a 31-19 lead heading into the locker room at halftime as they held ASU to only 30 percent shooting.  ASU settled for 11 three point attempts against TSU's defense and did not connect on any of them and they also were only one of five shooting from the free throw line.

Meanwhile, TSU did manage to shoot 36 percent from the field, but they held the big advantage of knocking down 11 of their 14 free throw attempts.  Strong led the way with 10 first half points.

"We knew we would get back in the game in the second half and the zone was going to give them some problems and they would start shooting the ball from the outside.  Then we just started standing around and not boxing out at all," Jackson said.

"As the season starts to wind down and the tournament gets closer you want to be playing well and I though tonight we played well at times and played well enough to be in position to win the ball game," Jackson stated.  "In my opinion when the tournament rolls around anyone can win it even though Valley has certainly run away in the regular season, but we just have to correct some minor things."

The Hornets will end their final regular season road trip at Prairie View A&M Monday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

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