Alabama St. 81, Alabama A&M 61

Tramaine Butler scored 21 points Thursday night and Alabama

State continued its late-season surge with an 81-61 victory over

Alabama A&M in the quarterfinals of the Southwestern Athletic

Conference tournament.

The Hornets (15-17), who have won nine of their past 10 games,

also got 16 points from Kenderek Washington, 13 from Tremayne

Moorer and 12 from Chris Duncan.

Fourth-seeded Alabama State next faces top seed Texas Southern

in the semifinals on Friday.

Cornelius Hester had 14 points for Alabama A&M (13-15),

which closed its season with losses in four of its last five games.

DeMarquelle Tabb and Casey Cantey added 10 points each.

Alabama State had a strong shooting performance, hitting 47

percent of its shots from the floor while making 5 of 9 3-pointers

and 24 of 28 free throws. The Hornets also outrebounded the

Bulldogs 40-24.