MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Joshua Freelove scored 17 points and Bobby Brown had 13 as Alabama State won its third straight game, beating Grambling State 69-56 Friday in Southwestern Athletic Conference play.
Stephawn Brown added 10 points and a game-high seven rebounds for Alabama State (4-11, 2-0).
The Hornets led 16-6 after a Bobby Brown layup and took a 40-21 advantage into intermission after the 6-foot-6 freshman closed the half with a layup and 3-pointer on consecutive possessions.
Alabama State opened the second half on a 15-4 run to jump ahead 55-25 with 14:23 left to play. Bobby Brown capped the run with a dunk.
Alabama State shot 41.8 percent (23 of 55), compared to 37.7 percent (20 of 53) for Grambling State, and forced 18 turnovers on the strength of 11 steals.
Terry Rose had 13 for Grambling State. The Tigers, losers of 11 straight, also started the 2007-08 and 2011-12 seasons 0-11.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.