GRAMBLING, La. – The battle of the Tigers proved to be a great showdown on Martin Luther King Jr. Day as both teams were tied at 29 apiece at halftime, but in the end, turnovers doomed Grambling as Texas Southern held on for the 68-61 Southwestern Athletic Conference victory at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. The loss is the Tigers’ third in a row in a game that was dubbed the annual “Coaches vs. Cancer” game for Suits and Sneakers week. Coaches from both teams wore tennis shoes with their suits to raise cancer awareness in conjunction with the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Grambling (9-10, 3-3 SWAC) managed 32 points in the paint but missed key opportunities down the stretch. Texas Southern capitalized on Grambling’s errors and scored 17 points off of turnovers. Early in the second half, Texas Southern produced a 10-0 run which gave them enough distance down the stretch to defeat Grambling on the road.Ivy Smith, Jr. led Grambling with a team-high 14 points against Texas Southern.
The Tigers generated three scorers in double-figures including DeVante Jackson and Trevell Cunningham who both finished with 10 points and five rebounds each while senior point guard Ivy Smith, Jr. led Grambling with a team-high 14 points and hit 5-of-7 free throws. Smith also grabbed three rebounds and dished out two assists in the loss.
As a team Grambling dominated the boards 44-29, but committed 18 turnovers while Texas Southern produced just 12 of their own.
Transfer redshirt sophomore guard Cameron Christon added seven points and five rebounds and had a handful of amazing dunks.
The Tigers were led by Tyrik Armstrong who finished with 17 points, two boards, two assists and two steals while teammate Bryson Etienne added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists and four turnovers in the win.
Courtesy: GSU Athletics