Salmon's rebounding effort ties him with three other players for most rebounds in a game this season at the Division I level. He collared 12 defensive rebounds and the rest on the offensive end. Alcorn State's entire team only had a nine-rebound advantage over Salmon. He also scored 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Texas Southern (12-19, 12-6 Southwestern Athletic Conference) used a 14-2 run in a five-minute span and led 73-63 with 3:45 left and remained in control.
The Tigers bolted to a 19-7 lead before Alcorn State responded with a 14-6 run and closed to within 25-21 with 8:15 before halftime. The Braves went on an 8-2 run with a pair of baskets each by Troymain Crosby and A.J. Mosby to close the half and Alcorn State led 39-36 at the break.
Crosby led Alcorn State (11-20, 7-11) with 20 points.
Texas junior guard Andrew Jones is a limited participant in practice as he continues to regain strength following his diagnosis of leukemia, coach Shaka Smart said Monday.
Four-star point guard Jalen Gaffney made a verbal commitment to UConn on Monday, giving the Huskies their second ESPN 100 guard in the past two weeks.
Watts is one of the most dynamic scoring guards in the country and looks to develop his game under coach Tom Izzo's tutelage.