HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Oakwood University's strength, as coach Tony McGinnis has said, is its defense.
Trouble was, the Ambassadors ran into an A&M team that decided to play some defense, too. And when the defense includes the occasional appearance of players who are 6-foot-10 and 7-0, scoring anywhere around the rim was like trying to parking place near a mall entrance.
Thus, Oakwood's short trip across town turned into a long night.
Alabama A&M, playing with a defensive intensity in the first half aided by considerable size advantage, knocked off Oakwood 70-58 in front of an announced crowd of 2,932 at Elmore Gym.
Jerome Hunter scored 11 and Brandon Ellis 10 to lead the Bulldogs (3-4) and Justan Banks had six points and a game-high nine rebounds. Banks, at 7-feet, and the 6-10 Hunter helped dominate things inside.