By Travis Jarome | Director of Athletic Strategic Communications
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ITTA BENA, Miss. | Alabama State withstood an early second half run from Mississippi Valley State and used a career night from Kevion Stewart to pull out a road Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) victory over the Delta Devils 64-51 Tuesday night.
Alabama State which led by ten at the break saw the lead dwindle to just three at 35-32 in the first four minutes of the half, but answered by outscoring Mississippi Valley State (0-10, 0-2 SWAC) over an eight minute span to grab a 64-45 lead and give head coach Mo Williams his first career victory.
Stewart finished the night with a career-high 19 points with five three-pointers, while Kenny Strawbridge recorded his second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon Battle narrowly missed a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds.
The Hornets finished the night shooting 45.1 (23-for-51) percent from the floor and 50 (10-for-20) percent from beyond the arc.
Meanwhile, Caleb Hunter led Mississippi Valley State with 22 points and Terry Collins added 12.
Alabama State grabbed an early lead over Mississippi Valley State, running out to a seven-point early in the half after Stewart dropped three three-pointers. The shots matched Mississippi Valley State sophomore Caleb Hunter early in the contest, but it was the play on the inside that helped the Hornets grab the lead.
Battle picked up a pair of baskets inside, and Strawbridge finished off an old-fashioned three-point play to keep the lead at seven. However, after a time with 44.4 seconds to play, Alabama State sophomore LaTrell Tate found himself open in the right corner and drained a three-pointer with just 29.1 second to play in the half to extend the Alabama State lead to 33-23 at the half.
The Hornets were able to pull away in the first half due to shooting 42.9 (12-for-28) percent from the floor, including 50 (7-for-14) percent from beyond the arc. They held Mississippi Valley State to just 33 (9-for-27) percent from the floor and 21.4 (3-for-14) percent from beyond the arc in the first half.
Alabama State returns to action Saturday afternoon on the road in Huntsville against in-state foe Alabama A&M. Tip is scheduled for 4:30 pm at T.M. Elmore Gymnasium, and the game will be carried on the Hornet Sports Network.
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