2018-19 Basketball

SWAC Semifinals are set

The SWAC moves on to Birmingham and one step closer to crowning a champion.

Texas Southern tops Southern

Courtesy: Texas Southern

HOUSTON – The Tigers of Texas Southern University are headed back to Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals after claiming an 80-70 win Tuesday over Southern.

At TSU’s H&PE Arena Senior guard Jalyn Patterson tallied a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to help lead the No. 2-seeded Tigers (20-12) to victory. He also handed out eight assists in the game.

Devocio Butler scored a game-high 16 points and pulled in seven rebounds for the Tigers, while Jeremy Combs added 11 points for TSU. Eden Ewing and Tyrik Armstrong chipped in 10 points apiece for the Tigers.

With the win, the Tigers head to Birmingham, Ala., for the next round of the tournament. TSU will face No. 6-seed Alabama State, which upset No. 3-seeded Jackson State in Mississippi on Tuesday. The Tigers and Hornets will face off at 8:30 p.m. on Friday.

Grambling holds on against UAPB

Courtesy: Grambling Athletics

GRAMBLING, La. | The Grambling State University men’s basketball team built a 12-point first-half lead and held on late down the stretch for a 59-52 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday night in the 2019 Toyota Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Men’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

Grambling State (17-15), the fourth seed, secured its first back-to-back winning season since 2004-2006. The Tigers advance to Friday’s semifinals and will meet top seed Prairie View A&M at 2:30 p.m. on Friday at the Bill Harris Arena in Birmingham, Ala.

Alabama State shocks Jackson State

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletics

JACKSON, Miss. | Three days removed from a loss in the regular season finale, sixth-seeded Alabama State shocked third-seeded Jackson State 58-49 at the Lee E. Williams Athletic Assembly Center late Tuesday night.

Alabama State (12-18) had three players in double figures in the win, led by Jacoby Ross with 14 off the bench. He also grabbed six rebounds and hit on 6-of-11 shots from the floor in the victory. Tobi Ewuosho added 10 points and six rebounds, while Reginald Gee chipped in 10 points and four rebounds.

The Hornets finished the night shooting 41.7 (20-of-48) percent from the floor and 40 (6-of-15) percent from beyond the arc on the night. They also shot 57.1 (12-of-21) percent from the free throw line, while forcing 11 Jackson State turnovers.

Prairie View breezes by Alcorn

Courtesy: Alcorn State Athletics

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – Prairie View A&M used a 16-0 run early in the second half to pull away from the Alcorn State University men’s basketball program in an 86-66 decision Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the SWAC Championships at the William J. Nicks Building.

After a very tight first half, the eighth-seeded Braves (10-21, 6-12 SWAC) were down just 42-38 with 17:31 left in the second when the top-seeded Panthers (20-12, 17-1 SWAC) broke it open with the 16-0 spurt. Turnovers, missed shots and an intentional foul contributed to the run.

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