Alabama State 53

(15-15, 11-7 SWAC)

Alabama A&M 72

(18-13, 12-6 SWAC)

12:00 PM ET, March 13, 2005

1 2 T
ALST 23 3053
AAMU 28 4472

Top Performers

Alabama State: K. Spicer 15 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

Alabama A&M: O. Trotter 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 6 Stl

Bulldogs, six years removed from Division II, earn bid

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Obie Trotter scored 24 points on 8-for-10 shooting from 3-point range to lead Alabama A&M to its first NCAA Tournament bid with a 72-53 victory over Alabama State on Sunday in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament championship game.

Trotter, the SWAC player of the year and defensive player of the year, added tournament MVP to his list of honors.

"Obie played a tremendous basketball game," A&M coach Van Pettway said. "We asked him to step it up, and he certainly did that."

After hitting just one 3-pointer in the first half, Trotter scored the first 12 points of the second half for the Bulldogs (18-13) with four straight 3s.

Alabama A&M, which moved to Division I in 1999, led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but Alabama State closed the half on a 13-5 run to get within 28-23.

It will be the Bulldogs' first postseason appearance since advancing to the Division II regionals in 1997.

The tournament bid highlighted a difficult season for Pettway, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer last summer.

"After the season we've had and everything I've gone through personally, this is the proudest moment of my coaching career," Pettway said. "These guys put it on the line for me this year, and they earned this reward."

Kevin Spicer paced the Hornets (15-15) with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

The Bulldogs shot 48 percent from the field in the second half, including 70 percent from 3-point range.

The Bulldogs reached took their biggest lead of the game, 60-40, on a rebound dunk by Joseph Martin with 5 minutes to play.

Martin finished with 17 points and six rebounds.

"From the beginning of the game, they set the tempo and we couldn't slow them down," Alabama State coach Rob Spivey said. "We changed defenses from a matchup zone to man-to-man and were able to cut their momentum. I thought we were in good shape at the start of the second half, but we just didn't have an answer for Obie Trotter in the second half. "

"I only made one shot in the first half," Trotter said. "In the second half I felt good with that first shot, and my teammates started getting me the ball."

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 53 72
FG Made-Attempted 20-47 (.426) 22-50 (.440)
3P Made-Attempted 4-15 (.267) 10-17 (.588)
FT Made-Attempted 9-18 (.500) 18-28 (.643)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
Largest Lead 2 20

2004-05 Season

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