Andrus, Patterson lead Prairie View A&M past Alcorn State
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) — Gerard Andrus and Devonte Patterson combined for 40 points as Prairie View A&M defeated Alcorn State 84-70 on Saturday, opening defense of its Southwest Athletic Conference championship.
Andrus scored 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting for the Panthers (5-9, 1-0) and Patterson added 19 points with six assists.
Prairie View scored back-to-back off consecutive Alcorn State turnovers for an early 7-0 lead, gunned that up to 24 points before coasting to a 44-27 edge at halftime. Alcorn State (4-8, 0-1) chopped the lead down to seven, 71-64 on a Deshaw Andrews bucket with 5:13 remaining but could get no closer.
Antoine Lister added 14 points for Prairie View, which shot 56% for the game, 31-for-55. The Panthers added 20 points from the foul line in 25 attempts. Leon Sneed dished a career-high 12 assists.
Prairie View faces Southern at home on Monday. Alcorn State plays Texas Southern on the road on Monday.