The UAPB Golden Lions defeated the Alabama A&M Bulldogs on Saturday night by a score of 80-62.

The Golden Lions opened up with an early 3-0 lead after a bucket from Charles Jackson and a free throw from Travon Harper.

After a pair of free throws from Alabama A&M, Martaveous McKnight nailed a triple and Trent Steen made a mid range jumper to put UAPB ahead 8-2 early in the first half.

Later in the half, the Golden Lions led 19-10 before Evan Wiley knocked down a three-pointer and Andre Kennedy made a layup for the Bulldogs to cut the lead down to 19-15.

Joe'Randle Toliver made a triple for UAPB, and Jalen Reeder answered back for A&M to make it a 22-18 lead for UAPB.

McKnight scored 10 of the following 15 points for UAPB and the Golden Lions took a 37-28 lead into halftime.

In the second half, both teams traded baskets to get things started.

With the Golden Lions leading 56-43 midway through the second half, Jackson got the the momentum going for UAPB after nailing a tough contested triple.

Freshman Terrance Banyard later made three straight baskets for UAPB, and McKnight added two scores of his own.

On the next two possessions, Kennedy scored two baskets for the Bulldogs, but McKnight later lobbed back-to-back alley-oops to Banyard and Steen to extend UAPB's lead to 78-53.

Reserves were eventually subbed in for UAPB as they would go on to defeat the Bulldogs for another conference victory.

Head coach George Ivory was very pleased with UAPB's outcome on Saturday.

"It's feel good," Ivory mentioned on winning against Alabama A&M. "We came out tonight with great energy. The guys came out and executed together as a team. We had 21 assists, so that shows we're playing together and we're just working hard to get to where we need to be."

McKnight was happy with his individual performance, but was more pleased with the win.

"We played hard and played together as a team," McKnight said about the win. "I feel like our record is a reward on how hard we work in practice. I try my best to facilitate throughout the whole game and it feels good to bring the people out to come cheer us on."

McKnight had a triple-double with 30 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds to lead the way for the Golden Lions. Steen added 12 points, Banyard had 10 points, and Toliver added nine points to UAPB's total.

For the Bulldogs, Arthur Johnson had 19 points and Kennedy followed with 16 points.