Jackson State 67, Alabama A&M 66
JACKSON, Miss. — Raeford Worsham hit the first of two free throws with 1:38 left to give Jackson State a five-point lead and the Tigers held on to turn away Alabama A&M 67-66 in a SWAC showdown on Monday night.
Tyler Davis hit the first of a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left in the game to cut Jackson State’s lead to one, 67-66, but Alabama A&M could not get a jumper by Ladarius Tabb or a three pointer by Rakiya Battle to fall in the final three seconds.
Worsham finished with 25 points and nine rebounds to lead the Tigers (7-8, 2-0). Chace Franklin and Kaven Bernard added 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Jacob Perry had 18 points to lead Alabama A&M (5-9, 0-2), with Tabb and Nicholas West adding 10 and 11 points, respectively.
Grambling State 84, Alabama State 81 OT
GRAMBLING, La. –Remond Brown scored 23 points, and Michael Bethea Jr. made a three pointer late in overtime to help Grambling State beat Alabama State 84-81 Monday night.
Grambling State (4-9, 2-0) has won in consecutive games for the first time since 2011.
Terrance LeFlore’s layup put Alabama State up 79-77 with 2:08 left in overtime. But Bethea drilled a three pointer, and Nigel Ribeiro and Mark Gray combined to hit 4 of 6 free throws to ice it.
Deonte Hearns had 14 points and 14 boards for Grambling State. Ribeiro and Gray both finished with 14 points.
Steve Rogers led Alabama State (5-9, 0-2) with 19 points. Corvon Butler added 12 points and 12 boards.
Hearns made 1 of 2 from the foul line to put Grambling up 71-69 with six seconds to go in regulation. Tony Armstrong grabbed the rebound and fed Jamel Waters, who went coast-to-coast for a layup, forcing overtime.
ITTA BENA, Miss. — Marcus Romain scored 20 points and Mississippi Valley State won its first game of the season, 66-60, over Arkansas Pine Bluff on Monday night.
The Delta Devils (1-14, 1-0) had lost 14 in a row by an average of 22 points per game to open the 2015-16 campaign, all of which came on the road.
Isaac Williams finished with 15 points for Mississippi Valley State and Ta’Jay Henry added 10 points and six rebounds.
The Delta Devils were out-shot by the Golden Lions 46-42.2 percent and hit five fewer three pointers (9-4) but they forced 24 Arkansas Pine Bluff turnovers while limiting themselves to only nine.Charles Johnson led the Golden Lions (2-13, 0-1) with 13 points. Deshon Bayless and Thaddeus Handley each added 12 points.UAPB has lost eight straight and 13 of 14 after an opening night win over Seattle University.
Prairie View A&M 71, Southern 65
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — Jayrn Johnson made 7 for 10 from the field and his 21 points in 21 minutes off the bench led Prairie View A&M past Southern 71-65 Monday night.
Zachary Hamilton finished with 12 points and five rebounds and Admassu Williams had 10 points and six boards for Prairie View (1-13, 1-1).
Southern (8-7, 0-2) got 16 points apiece from Trelun Banks and Christopher Hyder, while Adrian Rodgers scored 15.
Williams’ layup with 17:29 to play gave Prairie View a 40-29 lead, but the Jaguars used a 15-6 run over the next seven-plus minutes, and cut the lead to 46-44 on Banks’ 3-point play with 9:52 left.
But with 4:19 to go, Johnson buried a 3 to push the lead to 62-53 to seal the game.
Prairie View’s bench outscored Southern’s 35-9. With the loss, Southern fell to 0-2 in conference for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
The Panthers snapped a 14-game losing streak dating back to last season.
Texas Southern 74, Alcorn State 58
HOUSTON, Texas — Jose Rodriguez made 10 of 12 free throws and finished with 18 points to help Texas Southern beat Alcorn State 74-58 Monday night.
Orlando Coleman, Chris Thomas and Malcolm Riley added 12 points each, while Derrick Griffin and David Blanks scored 10 apiece for Texas Southern (3-11, 2-0). Griffin, a freshman, also pulled 13 rebounds, giving him five double-doubles in eight career games.
Alcorn State (3-10, 1-1) trailed by just three, 32-29, at halftime, but the Tigers used a 23-6 run to open the second half, pushing their lead to 20 on Riley’s putback of a missed three by Coleman with 11:46 remaining.
The Braves never threatened for the rest of the game.
Texas Southern made 10 of 25 from 3-point range; the Tigers have made 23 3s in their two conference games this season. Octavious Brown led Alcorn State with 19 points and a season-high 11 rebounds.