Courtesy: Grambling/Deja Harrison
GRAMBLING, La. | The Grambling State University men’s basketball team had four players finish in double figures and extended its school-record win streak to 11 games with a 71-64 victory over Jackson State in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game on Saturday night at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Ivy Smith Jr., the SWAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, paced Grambling State (15-12 overall, 11-3 SWAC) with 17 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal. Axel Mpoyo registered 11 points, three rebounds and one block, while Drake Wilks added eight of his 11 points in the first half as he also finished with four rebounds. Shirmane Thomas chipped in 10 points, eight boards, four assists and one steal.
Lemmie Howard led Jackson State (10-17, 7-6 SWAC) with 18 points, eight rebounds, one block and one steal. Paris Collins registered a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, with six assists, three steals and one block. Darius Austin recorded 14 points, seven boards and one assists.
Grambling State led by as many as 10 points at the end of the first half, but Jackson State was able to close the gap to one point with 8:23 remaining. JSU never got any closer in the final eight minutes as Grambling State swept the season series.