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Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-14) at Texas Southern (8-10)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Monday, January 27, 9 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: H&PE Arena (8,100) -- Houston, Texas. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: UAPB 0-2, TSU 5-1. Away Record: UAPB 3-10, TSU 2-8. Neutral Record: UAPB 1-2, TSU 1-1. Conference Record: UAPB 2-4, TSU 4-2.

GAME NOTES: Southwestern Athletic Conference rivals square off in Houston tonight, as the Golden Lions of Arkansas-Pine Bluff pay a visit to the Tigers of Texas Southern.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff has had a rough season, to say the least, as the team has won only four of its first 18 games. The Golden Lions, who have played only two home games thus far with the first not coming until Jan. 18, actually opened conference play with a pair of wins over Mississippi Valley State and Alabama A&M, but they have lost four in a row since, the latest of which being a 71-62 setback at Prairie View A&M on Saturday.

Texas Southern, while hardly setting the world on fire, has won twice as many games as its counterpart this evening, going 8-10 overall and 4-2 in SWAC action. The Tigers have won three of their last four games, the most recent of which being a 94-56 rout of visiting Mississippi Valley State on Saturday. The victory improved TSU to 5-1 at home.

The two teams will meet again in Pine Bluff on Feb. 24 to complete the regular-season series.

Marcel Mosley drained four 3-pointers on his way to 19 points, joining two others in double figures, but those efforts went for naught as Arkansas-Pine Bluff dropped a nine-point decision at Prairie View A&M over the weekend. Davon Haynes registered 16 points and six rebounds, while Daniel Broughton finished with 15 points and five boards for the Golden Lions, who shot just 40 percent from the field, missing 17 of their 23 long-range launches along the way. Tevin Hammond dished out seven assists and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the team in both categories, but he also committed six of the club's 14 turnovers while shooting a dismal 2-of-10 from the floor. Prairie View nailed 11 treys in the game, eight of which were credited to Montrael Scott (28 points).

For the season, UAPB is being outscored by roughly 15 ppg, while shooting below 40 percent from the field. The Lions are also coming up with only 30 rpg, which has them as a distinct disadvantage most nights, and they are also rather careless with the basketball, turning it over approximately 16 times per outing. Fortunately, they're goading the opposition into the just about the same. Haynes, Hammond and Mosley are all averaging double digits in the scoring column, but only Haynes is knocking down more than 40 percent of his total shots. He also paces the team's rebounding effort, while Hammond serves as its primary playmaker.

Texas Southern's Aaric Murray continued his assault on opposing teams, as he logged a monster double-double in the recent win over Mississippi Valley State with 26 points and 19 rebounds. He also added six blocked shots to his impressive stat line. D'Aris Scarver scored 22 points, and Madarious Gibbs and Ray Penn were productive as well with 12 and 10 points, respectively. That latter duo also combining for eight of the team's 19 assists. TSU shot 53.7 percent from the floor, which included an 8-of-18 showing from beyond the arc, while holding the Delta Devils to dismal percentages of .308 overall and .071 from distance. A 48-32 rebounding advantage certainly made it easy for the Tigers to prevail, as did a 28-15 edge in points from the foul line.

Murray has been a beast for the Texas Southern this season, as he enters this fray averaging 23.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per contest. He is joined in double figures by Scarver (21.4 ppg), although he has appeared in only five games, Jose Rodriguez (12.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg) and Penn (11.7 ppg). The team as a whole is netting 78.2 ppg thanks to a .457 field goal percentage and 73.0 percent effort at the charity stripe, but the Tigers have been rather lax at the defensive end in yielding 79.0 ppg on typical shooting efforts of .468 overall and .382 from 3-point range. The team is +2.5 in rebounding margin, but -2.6 in turnovers.

Despite what is sure to be a valiant effort, taking on a formidable opponent in its own building will likely result in yet another defeat for the road- weary Golden Lions.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas Southern 84, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 63

01/27 19:44:13 ET

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