LORMAN, Miss. -- Anthony Nieves scored a career-high 22 points as Alcorn State defeated Prairie View 68-54 Wednesday night in the Southwestern Athletic Conference opener for both teams, snapping a nine-game losing streak.
The Braves (3-13), coming off a 57-36 loss at No. 9 Syracuse, led 33-19 at halftime en route to their first win since defeating Samford 69-65 in overtime on Nov. 22.
Alcorn State shot 46.2 percent from the field in the first half (12 of 26), while the Panthers shot only 21.4 percent (6 of 28). Prairie View also struggled at the free-throw line in the first half, making 7 of 18.
Donnie Tyndall is appealing the 10-year show-cause penalty that was handed down by the NCAA in April for violations stemming from his time as men's basketball coach at Southern Mississippi.
Top-50 prospect Jaylen Nowell committed to Washington on Wednesday. Nowell, a shooting guard, is No. 45 on the ESPN 100.
Mitchell Robinson, the No. 15 player in the country in the Class of 2017, has committed to Western Kentucky.