GRAMBLING, La. -- Bobby Brown scored 18 points as Alabama State defeated Grambling State 68-51 on Saturday night.
Brandon Graham and Terrance LeFlore each added 13 points for the Hornets (7-5, 1-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference) and Jamel Waters chipped in with 8 points and seven assists. Luther Page and DeMarcus Robinson led the team with eight rebounds each.
Alabama State went 25-of-61 from the field overall, sank 9-of-12 from the free throw line and 9-of-29 from 3-point range.
The Hornets led by two points, 61-43, at the break and had no trouble outlasting the Tigers in the second period.
Grambling State (1-9, 0-1) hit only 37.5 percent from the field during the contest. Antwan Scott scored a team-high 12 points and Windale Glinton added 11 points and led the Tigers with eight rebounds.
This was the fifth straight loss of the season for the Tigers.
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.
Cal big man Ivan Rabb could have been selected in the top 10 of the NBA draft. Instead, he's returning to Berkeley to make himself, and the Golden Bears, stronger.
Devin Williams' decision last month to sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft has left West Virginia in a tough spot.