2017-2018 Basketball

Prairie View A&M wins Las Vegas Tournament

Underdog Panthers show them how to hoop in Sin City.

Prairie View A&M (2-3) delivered a knockout blow to Georgia State (3-2) on Wednesday at the MGM Grand Main Event Middleweight Bracket Championship at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to win the tournament championship.

PVAM built a 16-point lead at the break behind 17 first-half points from Gary Blackston and went on to win 71-56.

Tournament MVP

Prairie View A&M won the title behind Blackston’s eventual double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.  Zachary Hamilton won tournament MVP honors with 17 points for PVAMU.

“I’m really proud of our young men,” said PVAMU head coach Byron Smith. “I’m happy for our administration who work so hard to give us everything we need to be successful. Georgia State has established itself as one of the top mid-major programs in the country. That is our goal here at Prairie View A&M, and today’s win has us headed in that direction.”

Prairie View A&M returns to action Friday at UC-Santa Barbara.

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