MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Maurice Strong scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to help Alabama State open Southwestern Athletic Conference play with a 71-50 win over Grambling State on Saturday night.
Strong's dunk with 5:28 left capped a 15-1 run to put Alabama State (5-5, 1-0) up 58-41. Strong had six points during the run and grabbed eight of his nine rebounds in the second half.
After a 28-all halftime tie, Alabama State opened the second half on a 10-3 run. Grambling State (2-9, 0-1) closed within 43-40 before the Hornets pulled away.