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2012 SWAC Basketball Tournament Final Score: Arkansas-Pine Bluff Defeats Alabama State, 60-56

The second game in the SWAC quarterfinals needed overtime to decide the game, and it was Arkansas-Pine Bluff who was victorious as they defeated the Alabama St. Hornets 60-56. Both teams struggled on offense tonight with Alabama State shooting 30 percent from the field with Arkansas-Pine Bluff shooting a slightly better 38 percent from the field.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff did have three players to score in double digits with Mitchell Anderson scoring 16 points but it took 18 shots to get there and Daniel Broughton chipped in with 13 points. At the end of regulation it looked like Alabama State was going to win as they were up 48-41 with under five minutes left, but Arkansas-Pine Bluff went on an 8-2 run to get within one point. Arkansas-Pine Bluff was down two points with 29 seconds left, so they milked the clock and tied the game on a Savalace Townsend layup with three seconds left.

In overtime Arkansas-Pine Bluff started out by going on a 6-1 run to take a five-point lead, but Alabama State got back in the game when they scored four quick points to get within one. Mitchell Anderson then put Arkansas-Pine Bluff up three points on a dunk, and then the game was sealed when Townsend hit one of two free throws to go up four.

Arkansas-Pine Bluf now takes on top seeded Mississippi Valley State in the semifinal round.

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