Prairie View A&M 77, Alabama State 58
Montgomery, Ala. – Tevin Bellinger scored 20 points and Zachary Hamilton added 17 points and eight rebounds as the Panthers (11-19, 8-8 SWAC) won on the road at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
Ja’Donta Blakley scored 13 points, doled out eight assists and had five rebounds and three steals while Troy Thompson chipped in with a dozen points as PVAMU shot 53 percent from the floor.
Rodney Simeon had 14 points to lead the Hornets (8-20, 6-10 SWAC).
Jackson State 62, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 51
Pine Bluff, Ark. – Paris Collins had 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals as the Tigers (12-17, 8-8 SWAC) picked up the road victory at H.O. Clemmons Arena.
Derek Roscoe provided 13 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal while Yettra Specks added 13 points.
JSU took an 11-point lead into halftime and traded baskets evenly in the second half while holding UAPB to 32 percent field goal shooting as a team.
Devin Berry had 10 points, four rebounds and one steal in 18 minutes of action for the Golden Lions (7-24, 6-11 SWAC).
Texas Southern 74, Alabama A&M 64
Huntsville, Ala. – Demontrae Jefferson scored 23 points on 6-of-9 field goal shooting including 9-of-9 from the free throw as TSU (18-11, 14-2 SWAC) picked up the road victory.
Zach Lofton had 15 points and Kevin Scott added 13 points for the Tigers, who now lead Alcorn State (idle tonight) by one game for the right to be the SWAC’s No. 1 seed in tournament play.
Quinterian McConico made a lay up to cut the Tigers’ lead to 59-55 with 9:00 left in the second half, but that’s as close as Alabama A&M would come as TSU went on a defining 11-4 run to go up 11 with 3:03 remaining.
During the run, Scott connected on a 3-pointer, Lofton hit a pair of lay ups, Marvin Jones came up with a dunk and Jefferson scored inside.
De’Ederick Petty scored 18 points and McConico had 17 points for host the Bulldogs (2-25, 2-14 SWAC).
Mississippi Valley State 84, Grambling State 80
Itta Bena, Miss. – Ta’Jay Henry made the go-ahead layup with 2:25 remaining as the Delta Devils outscored the Tigers 9-5 down the stretch to pick up back-to-back victories.
Marcus Romain led with 24 points and six rebounds and Isaac Williams shot 9-of-13 from the floor to score 20 points for the host Delta Devils (6-24, 6-11 SWAC), who shot a stifling 61 percent from the field as a team.
Avery Ugba shot 9-of-13 from the field and 7-of-9 from the foul line to score 25 points to go with 12 rebounds and Remond Brown added 15 points, six rebounds and two steals for the Tigers (13-16, 8-8 SWAC).