Alcorn State is possibly the worst team in college basketball this year, but it is no longer the worst by record (Bryant University, 0-26). The Braves moved to 1-24 with a 55-54 win over Mississippi Valley State (6-18, 5-7 SWAC).
Entering Saturday, Alcorn State (1-24, 1-11 SWAC) had only come within single digits of their opponent on four different occasions. The Braves suffered some of the worst losses for any team in college basketball, losing 100-60 at Ohio State, 130-68 at Arkansas, 107-76 against Robert Morris, 98-31 at Kansas, and 101-41 at UTEP.
The game against Mississippi Valley State was only the sixth home game for Alcorn State this season.
The Braves stayed close in the first half, keeping the score tied at 23 with 3:25 left. Mississippi Valley State used a 7-2 run to finish the half up 30-25.
Once I saw that Alcorn State was down multiple possessions with the Delta Devils having the hot hand, it seemed that this was going to be loss number 25 for the Braves.
Early in the second half, Alcorn State remained close, trailing by only five points. Then the Braves made their move. With 7:19 remaining in the second half, the Braves held a 47-45 lead.
I was waiting for Alcorn State to blow it, but I was amazingly surprised when the next score update showed the Braves up 51-46 with 3:26 left.
Alcorn State led 54-47 with half a minute left. The Delta Devils went on a quick run to cut the lead to 55-54 with six seconds left. When Mississippi Valley State fouled Alcorn State, Corey Anthony missed both free throws and the Delta Devils had a chance to win. But they could not even get a potential game-winning shot off.
Alcorn State walked away with their first win since it beat Alabama A&M 89-79 on February 21, 2009. The Braves have not won a road game since they beat Alabama State 79-74 on January 26, 2009.
Alcorn State plays their next game at home against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday night.