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Alabama State falls to Jacksonville State, 72-69


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (ASU Athletics) – The Alabama State men’s basketball team had a look to tie it and send the game into overtime, but a 3-pointer attempt just came off the rim as the horn sounded and the Hornets lost 72-69 to Jacksonville State on Tuesday night at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome. 

Alabama State (1-6) showed improvement in many areas including rebounding as it gained a plus five advantage in that category over the Gamecocks and the offense got flowing in the right direction during the second half spearheaded by a strong effort by guard Terrance LeFlore and company.
ASU cut the lead to 68-64 on a LeFlore jumper with 1:15 remaining, but JSU’s big man Norbertas Giga dunked the ball to push it to a six-point advantage.
Giga finished with 18 points to lead the Gamecocks (5-3).

LeFlore knocked down a 3-pointer to cut it back down to three, but Tyrik Edwards was fouled and converted both free throws to extend the lead back to five with 19 seconds remaining. 
Leflore’s layup with 13 seconds left gave the Hornets one last look, but a wayward 3-point attempt by Torloft Thomas ended it.

“The game should have never come down to us having to try to throw up a three to try to tie the ball game,” said ASU head men’s basketball coach Lewis Jackson.
“We had too many breakdowns defensively that cost us.  And, they made shots on their defensive mistakes that we made like overrunning the ball, giving us second chance on the offensive glass and just losing our man on the defensive end.   But, the guys played hard and I could see that we started to come together as a team.  I really think this was one of our best games that we’ve played.”

ASU went on a 10-2 run just past the midway point in the first half to take a 22-14 lead, but went into halftime trailing 31-30. 

LeFlore had a season-high 19 points by mostly being aggressive in driving to the hoop and scored on an array of dazzling shots.
LeFlore shot 9-of-13 from the field including one from downtown to pace the Hornets.

“He really did a good job of getting into the gaps,” said coach Jackson.

“We talked about trying to get into the gaps and make them play defense instead of just playing around the perimeter.  He got to the basket and was able to score.  We just need other guys to step up and play at a high level at all times.  We did a better job of lowering our turnovers and we rebounded the ball better, but there are still some things that we need to improve upon.  Guys have to understand how important each and every possession is.”
Tony Armstrong was steady, shooting 5-of-9 from the floor for 12 points with six rebounds and a steal. 

Amir Warnock had eight points, nine rebounds and two blocks.
ASU turned it up in the second half by shooting 53 percent from the floor as a team after starting a bit cold at just 31 percent in the opening half.
Next, Alabama State will travel to take on Troy on Sunday at 5:15 p.m.

(Courtesy: ASU Athletics)

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