Cold 27% Shooting Spells End to Alabama A&M

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Cold shooting spelled the end of the Alabama A&M Bulldogs (14-15), who were eliminated in the first round from the SWAC Tournament by 6-seed Arkansas (Pine Bluff), 72-59, at Birmingham's Fair Park Arena.

The Bulldogs shot just 27.3% for the game, 17.2% in the 2nd half, and went until the 6:38 mark of the 2nd half without a field goal.

Mickell Gladness  paced A&M with 21 points and 11 boards, but other than Trant Simpson, who had 20, no A&M player had more than 5 points.

For Pine Bluff, Larry Williams led four players in double figures with 18 points. Marcelle Goins tallied 13 points. Cory Norman and William Byrd had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

A&M held the lead for the majority of the first half until Gavin Montgomery gave the Golden Lions their first advantage of the game at 19-18. UAPB led by as many as 10 points, but four straight points cut it to six, 31-25, with 4:02 left in the first half and A&M trailed 36-31 heading into the half.

The Lions held a double digit advantage throughout the second half, leading by as many as 17 points with 6:42 left in regulation. The closest the Bulldogs were able to get was 11 three times, the last time coming within the final two minutes of play.

This marks UAPB's 3rd win this year over the Bulldogs for a season sweep.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (13-17) will face Mississippi Valley State in the semifinals Friday.