FAMU basketball leaves Houston unblemished, sweeps Texas Southern
HOUSTON, TX ― The Florida A&M women's basketball team held Texas Southern to just 12.5 percent from 3-point range in a 2-for-16 shooting performance on the way to a 66-55 win over the Lady Tigers on the road Saturday.
The Rattlers (5-16, 3-7 SWAC) had two players score in double figures, led by Dylan Horton, who had 17 points and three steals. Mide Oriyomi added 16 points, four assists and two steals and Ahriahna Grizzle added nine points and three steals.
FAMU's defense held Texas Southern to only 35.9 percent shooting from the field, including 12.5 percent from beyond the arc. The Rattlers also limited Micah Gray to 3-of-16 shooting and nine points in the game.
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How It Happened
FAMU started off strong, putting together a 12-10 lead heading into the second quarter. FAMU did most of its first quarter damage in the paint, scoring six of its 12 points close to the basket.
FAMU kept its first quarter lead intact before going on a 7-0 run starting at the 4:51 mark in the second period to increase its lead to 27-19, a score that would hold until halftime. FAMU dominated in the paint, scoring 14 of its 15 points close to the basket.
After intermission, FAMU held on to its advantage and owned a 39-34 lead heading into the fourth quarter. FAMU played well near the basket, scoring six of its 12 points in the paint.
Texas Southern proceeded to take a 44-42 lead before FAMU went on a 10-0 run, finished off by Oriyomi's three, to seize a 52-44 lead with 3:10 to go in the contest. The Rattlers kept expanding the margin and coasted the rest of the way for the 66-55 win. FAMU fired away from deep in the quarter, knocking down four shots to account for 12 of its 27 points.
» The Rattlers held the Lady Tigers to only 35.9 percent shooting from the field.
» FAMU had a stellar day defensively, holding Texas Southern to 12 percent from three point land on 16 attempts.
» The Rattlers forced 18 Texas Southern turnovers while committing only eight on the other end.
» The FAMU defense forced 18 turnovers.
» Dylan Horton led the Rattlers with a game-high 17 points.
» FAMU got a team-high six rebounds from Staysha Allen.
Meren has double-double in FAMU men's basketball win over Texas Southern
Noah Meren notched a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds to help the FAMU men's basketball team beat the Texas Southern Tigers 76-69 on the road Saturday.
In addition to Meren's solid output, the Rattlers (5-16, 3-7 SWAC) were led by Jordan Tillmon, who had 11 points, and by Byron Smith, who added 16 points coming off the bench.
The FAMU offense was strong from three-point land, knocking down nine threes on 23 attempts. Smith hit four treys for the Rattlers in the contest.
FAMU did a great job disrupting Texas Southern shots in the contest, coming away with five blocks. Meren's two rejections led the way individually for the Rattlers.
How It Happened
After jumping out to a 12-11 advantage, FAMU went on a 9-0 run with 13:36 left in the first half, culminating in a three from Peyton Williams, to increase its lead to 21-11. The Rattlers then lost some of that lead, but still entered halftime with a 41-38 advantage. FAMU relied on its three-point shooting in the period, knocking down eight shots to account for 24 of its 41 points.
Texas Southern proceeded to take a 65-57 lead before FAMU went on a 7-0 run, finished off by Jaylen Bates' layup, to shrink the deficit to 65-64 with 4:05 to go in the contest. The Rattlers kept the rally going and took the lead for good on John Walker III's free throw with 02:06 left for a 76-69 comeback victory. FAMU took care of business in the paint, recording 24 of its 35 points in the lane.
» Noah Meren notched an impressive double-double for the Rattlers with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
» FAMU found success from three point land, knocking down nine treys in the game.
» The FAMU bench came alive by adding 24 points to its scoring output.
» FAMU had a 35-32 edge on the boards in the win.
» The Rattlers were active in affecting shots on the defensive end, tallying five blocks as a team.
» Noah Meren led the Rattlers with 20 points.
» FAMU got a team-high 10 rebounds from Noah Meren.
This article originally appeared on Tallahassee Democrat: FAMU Basketball: Rattlers earn second sweep of the season, beats TXSU