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Grambling State 69, Southern 68

GRAMBLING, La. – The Grambling State University men’s basketball team survived on Saturday night as the Tiger had three players in double figures and extended their win streak to seven games with a 69-68 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) win over Southern 69-68 in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

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Southern (11-12 overall, 5-5 SWAC) had a chance at the win the game twice in the final seconds.

With Grambling State leading, 69-68, Jared Sam missed the potential tying free throw with fie seconds left and as time expired, Jamar Sandifer’s 3-point attempt fell short to give the Tigers the win.

Ivy Smith Jr. paced Grambling State with 20 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals, while Devante Jackson tallied 15 points, six rebounds, one block and one steal. Shirmane Thomas added 10 points, three rebounds and one assist.

Sam led Southern with 23 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one block. Aaron Ray contributed 14 points, four rebounds, one assists and one steal.

–Grambling State Sports Information

Prairie View A&M 96, Texas Southern 82

PRAIRIE VIEW, TX. – Gary Blackston led all scorers with 29 points on 9-15 shooting from the floor. Zachary Hamilton tallied 26 points on 4-9 shooting from beyond the arc. JD Wallace notched 17 points and 13 rebounds in 38 minutes of game action. Troy Thompson chipped in with 10 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds. The Panthers were extremely efficient on the offensive end shooting 60 percent from the field and proved to be capable marksman converting 45 percent of their 3-point attempts during the contest.

The Purple and Gold broke strong out of the gates, jumping out to a 10-2 advantage a little less than three minutes into the contest. The strong start was keyed by baskets from Hamilton, Blackston, Iwin Ellis, and Thompson. The Panthers continued their strong play leading 28-13 with 11:13 left in the opening half after Blackston buried a three pointer. Texas Southern slowly clawed back into the game, eventually cutting the PVAMU advantage to eight with less than seven minutes remaining in the first half. PVAMU responded, outscoring the Tigers 20-9 in the final 6:42, forcing a lead by as many as 19. The Panthers placed timely buckets from Wallace, Blackston, Hamilton, and Keion Alexander as the half came to a close. PVAMU took a 53-34 halftime led to locker room.

Prairie View continued its strong play opening the second half, taking their largest lead of the contest of 23 points. With 18:07 to left go in the game Prairie View took a 59-36 advantage over TSU. The Panthers continued to get strong play from their starters, not allow Texas Southern to get within a dozen points of the PVAMU lead as the game wound down. As the final buzzer sounded, the Panthers stood victorious over their crosstown rivals, triumphing 96-82.

–Prairie View A&M Sports Information

Jackson State 60, Alcorn State 57

JACKSON, MS– Jeremiah Jefferson hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 and Chace Franklin sank a 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining to send Jackson State to a 60-57 victory over Alcorn State on Saturday.

Jackson State (10-13, 7-3 Southwestern Athletic Conference) trailed 57-51 with 3:17 left in the game, but Jefferson, Maurice Rivers and Franklin nailed 3-pointers on three straight trips down the floor to pull out the victory and snap a three-game skid. Rivers scored 12.

A.J. Mosby topped the Braves (7-16, 3-7) with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Devon Brewer scored 12. Alcorn State shot just 41 percent from the floor, 28 percent (5 of 18) from beyond the arc, made 10 of 16 at the free-throw line and finished with just six assists. The Braves came in averaging a conference-best 7.8 treys per contest.

Jefferson had four of his 3-pointers in the first half to guide the Tigers to a 31-25 halftime lead. Mosby had back-to-back layups to give Alcorn State a 48-47 lead with seven minutes left, and Reed Yalen’s bucket stretched its advantage to 57-51 before the Tigers unleashed their game-ending 3-point barrage.

-Jackson State Sports Information

Arkansas-Pine Bluff 80, Alabama A&M 62

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Martaveous McKnight registered a triple double with 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting with 10 rebounds and 10 assists as the host Golden Lions (9-15, 9-1 SWAC) maintained their two-game lead in first place of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) standings on Saturday at H.O. Clemmons Arena.

Trent Steen had 12 points and Terrance Baynard added 10 points for UAPB, who shot 53% from the floor as a team.

Arthur Johnson scored 19 points and Andre Kennedy added 16 points to lead the Bulldogs (2-21, 2-8 SWAC).

Alabama State 89, Mississippi Valley State 85 (OT)

ITTA BENA, MS. – Alabama State picked up their second road win of the season in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) play, overcoming a double-digit to defeat Mississippi Valley State 89-85 in overtime at the Harrison HPER Complex Saturday night.

Terrance LeFlore and Reginald Gee each poured in 17 points for Alabama State (4-18, 4-6 SWAC) in the win. Gee finished one rebound off from his first career double-double as he added a team-high nine rebounds. Meanwhile, Jacoby Ross finished with 16 points, while Gene Davis added 10 off the bench.

Branden Johnson scored eight points and eight rebounds, and came up with a big block late in the game for Alabama State which finished the night shooting 50 (32-of-64) percent from the floor and 42.3 (11-of-26) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 46.7 (14-of-30) percent from the free throw line and forced 12 Mississippi Valley State turnovers.

Alabama State trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half and battled back to tie the game at 66-all with 7:52 to play in regulation, before taking a 68-66 lead on a Ross jumper with 6:30 to play. The two teams began trading baskets until Mississippi Valley State was able to grab a six-point lead, 77-71, on a pair of Jordan Evans free throws with 3:33 to play.

LeFlore then took over the game with a three-pointer to trim the score to 77-74 with 3:01 to play, and pulled the Hornets to within 78-76 with a jumper with just 2:34 to play in regulation. After a Mississippi Valley State lay-up by Arinze Anakwenze, LeFlore hit a free throw to pull Alabama State to within 80-77 with just 1:41 to play.

Mississippi Valley State had a chance to run out the clock, but a three-pointer by Evans missed and Alabama State was able to come away with the rebound. LeFlore drove to the basket with 27 seconds remaining, hanging in the air and getting a tough lay-up to fall over Dante Scott. LeFlore was fouled in the process and managed to hit the free throw to tie the game up at 80-all. He then came down on the other end of the floor and blocked a winning attempt by Evans as the clock expired to send it to overtime.

In the overtime period, Alabama State jumped out quick with a basket by Gee and a three-pointer by Ross with 2:59 to play to take an 85-80 lead. The lead stayed at five until Evans connected on a three-pointer with 1:57 to play to bring the Delta Devils to within 87-85.

Gee finished off the scoring with a tip-in with just 35 seconds to play to give Alabama State an 89-85 lead. Mississippi Valley State had three looks at a three-pointer in the final 21 seconds, but couldn’t get any of the shots to fall.

Evans led Mississippi Valley State (1-21, 1-9 SWAC) with 22 points on 7-of-23 shooting from the floor, and added five assists, Scott and Lorenzo Hunt added 14 each in the loss for Mississippi Valley State which ended the night shooting 47.1 (33-of-70) percent from the floor, and 30 (6-of-20) percent from beyond the arc.

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–Alabama State Strategic Communications

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