Trojans Stumble on Road at South Carolina State

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. – Anderson had three players reach double figures in the scoring column, but were unable to overcome South Carolina State’s hot shooting, as the Trojan men’s basketball team continued its early-season marathon with a 94-83 setback to the Bulldogs in non-conference action Tuesday night at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.  

The Bulldogs (1-1) won their home opener behind a 64.3 percent shooting effort and connected on 7-of-14 from beyond the arc on the night. Anderson (1-2) countered by hitting an impressive 31-of-59 of its own, for 52.5 percent.

The Trojans, in the midst of playing six games in 12 days to open the 2010-11 campaign, scored the first six points of the game and led 8-2 less than two minutes into the contest.

The Bulldogs climbed within one behind an 8-3 outburst over the next three-plus minutes, but a 3-pointer by Trey Britton boosted the AU advantage back to four with 14:48 left in the first half. SCSU rallied to knot the score at 14 apiece and the score was tied three times over the next two minutes.    

A jumper by the Bulldog’s Joe Ikhinmwin gave South Carolina State a lead it would not relinquish at 20-18 midway through the half and SCSU went on to build a 52-40 halftime lead.

AU trimmed the deficit to just four, 54-50, with just more than 16 minutes left in the game, but would not be able to get any closer through the second half.

Freshman Denzail Jones led all scorers with 23 points, while Taylor Shugart came off the bench to post AU’s first double-double of the young season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kevis Cornwell added 10 points and handed out a game-high nine assists on the night.

SC State’s Darnell Porter notched 19 points, while Rio Pitt chipped in 17. Joe Ikhinmwin added 13 points and Westley Telafare netted 12.

Anderson has little time to rest, as rival Erskine invades the Abney Center Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. tip-off. AU’s student government is sponsoring tailgating prior to the game and the first 100 fans to the Abney Center will receive a free rally towel. Everyone else will be able to purchase the towels for only $1.

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