2018-19 Basketball

Jackson State holds off Grambling State’s epic comeback attempt

Jackson State

Jackson State almost fumbled the bag, but managed to hand Grambling its fourth SWAC loss in seven games.

Courtesy: Grambling State University Athletics

GRAMBLING, La. | The Grambling State University men’s basketball team trailed by as many as 12 points in the second quarter and cut the margin to one twice over the final 35 seconds, but came up short against Jackson State, 65-63, in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game on Saturday at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

Grambling State (9-11 overall, 3-4 SWAC) trailed 28-24 at the half and fell behind 56-47 with six minutes remaining.

Ivy Smith, Jr. paced Grambling State with 18 points, four steals, three assists, two rebounds and one blocked shot. Anthony GastonAxel Mpoyo and Nigel Ribeiro each recorded nine points.

Chris Howell led Jackson State (7-13, 4-3) with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, along with two steals and a pair of assists. Venjie Wallis registered 14 points, five boards, four assists and three steals.

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