Statesmen drop GSC contest to Tigers
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LIVINGSTON, Ala. – The Delta State University men's basketball team fell 78-65 to the University of West Alabama inside Pruitt Hall on Thursday in Gulf South Conference action.

Mike Weems hit a career-high 20 points in the contest along with a career-high six three pointers. The Tigers used 11-of-21 (.524) shooting from behind the arc and a season-high 31 points from Steven Samuels to secure the victory.

Samuels sparked a 23-4 run to give the Tigers a 30-11 lead over the Statesmen in the early goings of the contest. Samuels and Jacob Acker combined for five three pointers in a seven minute span to go ahead 30-11 with 8:16 remaining in the half.

Delta State weathered the storm and rallied on a 22-9 run to close the gap to 39-33 to end the half. Terry Leake, Jr. posted 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the floor and Weems connected on 3-of-5 from behind the arc for 11 points.

The two squads filled up the basket in the first half with the Statesmen shooting 11-of-20 (.550) from the field but the Tigers managed to hit 14-of-23 (.609) from the floor and 7-of-11 (.636) from behind the arc.

West Alabama opened the second half on a 13-6 run to extend the lead back out to 52-39 at the 14:56 mark.

Weems led the Statesmen on a late 11-2 run to close the gap to 67-59 with 1:37 remaining but the Tigers closed out the game on free-throws.

Leake, Jr. finished the night with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor and seven rebounds. Cornel Knight tallied 10 points and six rebounds.

DSU fell to 9-14 with a 5-10 mark in the conference, while West Alabama improved to 9-13 with a 5-10 conference record.

The Statesmen return to action on Saturday traveling to square off against the University of West Georgia inside The Coliseum. Tip is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.