8:30 PM ET, March 12, 2011
GARLAND, Texas -- When February began, Alabama State was a mess -- just 6-16, never winning more than two games in a row.Now the Hornets are headed to the NCAA tournament, and it's not even a fluke. Their 65-48 dismantling of Grambling in the Southwestern Athletic Conference title game on Saturday night caps a roll about as good as any team about to make the bracket.
• Alabama State opened the second half on a 14-2 run and never looked back, as the Hornets won the SWAC title for the second time in the last three seasons.
• Alabama State clinched a bid to the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in school history, all since 2001, but have yet to win a game in the big dance.
• After starting 6-16, Alabama State has won 11 of its past 12 games to move to the .500 mark at 17-17 for the first time this season.
• Grambling State's loss snapped a four-game win streak. The Tigers are still looking for their first NCAA appearance in school history.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||16-53 (.302)||23-58 (.397)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-10 (.300)||4-11 (.364)|
|FT Made-Attempted||13-19 (.684)||15-22 (.682)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||16 (0/0)|