Williams leads Ark.-Pine Bluff to 73-59 win over Alabama A&M

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)—Larry Williams had 18 points to lead Arkansas-Pine Bluff to a 72-59 win over Alabama A&M in the Southwestern Athletic Conference quarterfinals Thursday.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (13-17) will face Mississippi Valley State in the semifinals Friday.

The Lions started the second half with a slight five-point lead, 36-31, but then went on a 14-3 run to widen their lead to 16 points. Alabama A&M didn’t get any closer than 11 points for the rest of the game.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff had three other double figure scorers. Marcelle Goins had 13 and Cory Norman added 11. William Byrd chipped in with 10 more points and nine rebounds, as the Lions outrebounded the Bulldogs 43-30.

Alabama A&M’s Mickell Gladness was the game high-scorer, with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Trant Simpson added 11 more points. None of the other Bulldogs managed to score more than five points.

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