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Alabama A&M edges Prairie View A&M 59-54

Jan 31, 2010 - 3:06 AM HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(AP) -- Cornelius Hester scored 14 points to lead Alabama A&M to a 59-54 victory over Prairie View A&M on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (7-9, 4-4 Southwestern Athletic Conference) won their third consecutive game despite shooting 18.5 percent from the field (5-for-27) in the second half.

With Alabama A&M clinging to a 56-52 lead, neither team scored for a span of 4:08, until Prairie View A&M's Duwan Kornegay dunked with 36 seconds left.

But Evan Hilton hit three straight free throws to increase the margin to 59-54 with 18 seconds remaining.

Alabama A&M led throughout the second half after taking a 39-27 lead into halftime.

Jabari DeShields added 11 points for the Bulldogs, who shot 32.2 percent from the field (19-for-59) in the game.

Darnell Hugee scored 18 points, Kornegay added 11 points and Dorian McDaniel had 11 points and 15 rebounds for Prairie View A&M (10-9, 5-3).