NORMAL, Ala. -- Justan Banks tallied a double-double and three other players scored 12 points each to lead Alabama A&M over Grambling State 78-53 Wednesday in the Southwestern Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
Jeremy Crutcher, Green Hill, and Demarquelle Tabb scored 12 points apiece and Banks, a 7-foot-1 junior, finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Crutcher had nine assists and Tabb pulled down seven boards for Alabama A&M, which held a 46-31 rebounding advantage and dished out 22 assists.
Alabama A&M (5-7) led by as much as 13 in the first half and by 39-30 at intermission. The Bulldogs opened the second half with a 19-5 run to take a 21-point lead, 58-37, with 13:18 to play.
Alabama A&M, winners of two straight games for the first time this season, took its largest lead, 75-46, behind two Tyler Davis free throws.
Terry Rose led Grambling State (0-10) with 19 points.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.