PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- Fausto Pichardo scored a career-high 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to help Alabama State upset Southwestern Athletic Conference leader Arkansas-Pine Bluff 65-59 on Monday night.
Reginald Gee added 14 points and seven rebounds, while the Hornets (5-18, 5-6 SWAC) finished with a 48-25 advantage on the glass to record their second straight win and hand the Golden Lions only their second conference loss.
Gee scored 10 points as the Hornets built a 36-33 halftime lead and remained ahead the rest of the way, with the lead getting as high as 53-45 following Tobi Ewuosho's layup with 7:40 left.
The Golden Lions closed to within 61-57 in the final minute, but Alabama State made 4 of 6 free throws down the stretch to hold on.
Rocket Watts, the No. 27 overall prospect in the 2019 class, has committed to Michigan State.
UNC Wilmington will open its preseason basketball practices at North Carolina due to lingering effects of Hurricane Florence.
Guard Miles Wilson has been dismissed from the Miami Hurricanes' men's basketball program for failing to meet team expectations.