MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Akeim Claborn scored 24 points to lead
Alabama State to a 78-75 victory over South Alabama on Thursday
The Hornets' (2-8) win snapped South Alabama's (8-2) seven-game
"I thought down the stretch their two big guys made some plays
and really hurt us," Jaguar head coach John Pelphrey said. "We
had our chances, but we just didn't make enough plays."
The Jaguars opened the game with an 11-3 start, making five of
their first six shots, including three lay-ups by junior Jason
McGriff, but a 7-0 Alabama State run cut the deficit to 11-10.
The Hornets took their first lead on a Richard Lott layup for a
14-13 score, but South Alabama quickly regained the lead,
stretching it to 12 points with 5:47 left in the half.
Alabama State fought back to tie the game at 34 after a 12-0 run
to end the half.
South Alabama was 15-of-32 in the first half for 46.9 percent
while Alabama State was 13-of-30 for 43.3 percent.