EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Colt Ryan scored 24 points, including three 3-pointers, to help Evansville improve to 3-0 all-time against Alabama State with an 80-67 victory Saturday afternoon.
Ryan, a senior, was 3 of 6 from behind the arc. Ryan Sawvell added 11 points, Jaylon Moore had 10 and Troy Taylor scored just two points but pulled down a game-high nine rebounds for the Purple Aces (6-4), who gave up the first basket of the game but never trailed after that. Evansville led by as many as 24 in the second half.Phillip Crawford scored 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting to lead the Hornets (1-8), and Shawntez Patterson chipped in 13 points. Alabama State committed 22 turnovers, leading to 23 Evansville points, and was outscored 34-20 in the paint.In addition to staying perfect in three games against Alabama State, Evansville improved to 7-0 all-time against Southwestern Athletic Conference teams.