Alabama State too much for Jackson State, 72-52

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Steve Rogers Jr. came off the Alabama State bench to score 14 points and spark the Hornets to a 72-52 win over Jackson State in a Southwestern Conference battle Monday night.

The hometown freshman was 3 of 6 from the field and a perfect 6 for 6 from the line to lead the way, with Jamel Waters adding 13 points, Maurice Strong 12 and DeMarcus Robinson 11.

Alabama State took a 10-point lead, 28-18 after a low-scoring first half and was 10-points better than the Tigers in the second half, outscoring them 44-34 down the stretch.

The Hornets (6-5, 2-0 SWAC) came into the game looking for consistency and found it, shooting 47.1 percent from the field (24 of 51), 40 percent from distance (6 of 15) and 75 percent from the line (18 of 24).

Kaven Bernard had 16 points to lead Jackson State (3-12, 1-1).