PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas -- Dennis Jones had 14 points and 10 assists, Gary Blackston also scored 14, and Prairie View A&M never trailed in defeating Alabama A&M 71-58 on Monday night to sweep the season series.
J.D. Wallace added 13 points and 11 rebounds and Iwin Ellis scored 11 for the Panthers (13-17, 10-6 Southwestern Athletic Conference), who outscored the Bulldogs 42-24 in the paint and scored 23 points off 19 turnovers.
Blackston's jumper capped the Panthers' opening 10-5 run and Prairie View led by as many as 14 points en route to a 32-23 halftime lead.
Missouri guard Cullen VanLeer is retiring from basketball after tearing his ACL in the Tigers' final regular-season game last season.
For some teams, a win in the NCAA tournament would be a significant achievement. For the elite contenders, anything short of a Final Four run would be a disappointment.
Former NBA All-Star guard Kenny Anderson is taking over as the coach at NAIA program Fisk University.