Alabama St. 70, Alabama A&amp,M 58

BY foxsports • March 12, 2009

Andrew Hayles scored 23 points and Alabama State defeated Alabama A&M 70-58 in the first round of the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament on Wednesday night. The top-seeded Hornets (20-9) shot 48.8 percent from the field (22 of 45), while Alabama A&M shot 31.6 percent (19 of 60). Rashad Provitt scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Alabama State, and Brandon Brooks added 15 points. Trant Simpson paced the eighth-seeded Bulldogs (8-19) with 28 points. Jonathan Belt and Cornelius Hester and added 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Hornets led 36-17 at halftime en route to their third win over the Bulldogs this season, taking an 87-43 contest on Feb. 14 and winning 69-57 on Jan. 17. The Hornets play the winner of Thursday's Arkansas-Pine Bluff-Southern matchup on Friday night in the next round.

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