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FAMU basketball breaks even with Prairie View A&M in SWAC doubleheader




Ahriahna Grizzle’s 27 points leads FAMU women’s basketball past Prairie View A&M

Ahriahna Grizzle knocked down a dagger shot with 33 seconds left in the game to put Florida A&M up 68-60, and the Rattlers earned a 71-63 victory over the Prairie View A&M Panthers at home Monday.

Grizzle led the Rattlers (7-15, 6-5) with 27 points and four steals. Nashani Gilbert added six points, eight rebounds and two steals and Sydney Hendrix chipped in as well with six points and eight rebounds off of the bench.

Jaliya Sharp pulled down four offensive rebounds to pace an offense that racked up second chance opportunities for FAMU, grabbing 15 boards and turning them into six second chance points.

The FAMU defense was a problem in Monday’s game, forcing 28 Prairie View A&M turnovers while committing 21. Those takeaways turned into 31 points on the offensive end of the floor. Grizzle’s four steals led the way individually for the Rattlers.

How It Happened

After falling behind 13-7, FAMU went on a 13-0 run with 2:15 left in the first quarter to take a 20-13 lead, a score that would hold for the rest of the period. FAMU capitalized on 10 Prairie View A&M turnovers in the period, turning them into 11 points on the other end of the floor.

FAMU kept its first quarter lead intact before going on a 7-0 run starting at the 5:33 mark in the second period, highlighted by a bucket from Olivia Delancy, to increase its lead to 35-24. The Panthers cut into that lead, but the Rattlers still enjoyed a 39-35 advantage heading into halftime. FAMU dominated in the paint, scoring 14 of its 19 points close to the basket.

Following intermission, FAMU continued to expand its advantage, pushing it to 42-36 before going on an 8-0 run to expand its lead further to 50-36 with 4:06 to go in the third. Before the conclusion of the third period, the Panthers had cut into that lead somewhat, but the Rattlers still entered the fourth quarter with a 54-41 edge. FAMU took advantage of 11 Prairie View A&M turnovers in the quarter, scoring nine points off of takeaways.

The Rattlers then held on for the victory in the fourth quarter. FAMU took advantage of four Prairie View A&M turnovers in the quarter, scoring eight points off of those takeaways.

Defensive effort not enough as FAMU men’s basketball loses to Prairie View A&M

The FAMU men’s basketball team held Prairie View A&M to just 20 percent from beyond the arc in a 3-for-15 shooting performance, but fell 61-58 to the Panthers at home Monday.

The Rattlers (4-18, 2-9) had two players score in double figures, led by Shannon Grant, who had 15 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Jalen Speer added 13 points and six rebounds and Matthew Webster added eight points and 16 rebounds.

FAMU shared the ball well in Monday’s game, racking up 19 assists on 24 made field goals. Individually, K’Jei Parker dished out the most for the Rattlers with eight assists.

FAMU did a stellar job disrupting Prairie View A&M shots in the contest, coming away with five blocks. Grant’s two rejections led the way individually for the Rattlers.

How It Happened

After falling behind 17-12, FAMU went on an 8-0 run with 10:11 left in the first half, culminating in a bucket from Grant, to take a 20-17 lead. The Rattlers then lost some of that lead, but still entered halftime with a 29-27 advantage. FAMU did most of its first half damage in the paint, scoring 16 of its 29 points close to the basket.

Prairie View A&M proceeded to take a 51-43 lead before FAMU went on a 6-0 run, finished off by Parker’s three, to shrink the deficit to 51-49 with 4:35 to go in the contest. Prairie View A&M responded and outscored the Rattlers the rest of the way, ending the game with a final score of 61-58. FAMU shot well from three-point range in the half, hitting four shots from deep to score 12 of its 29 points.

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