Justin Patton poured in a game-high 25 points to help Grambling State get past Mississippi Valley State, 65-62, in the quarterfinals of the SWAC tournament at Special Events Center in Garland Thursday.
The Tigers (11-20) will face Jackson State Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the semifinals.
Patton, Donald Qualls and Lance Feurtado combined for 50 of the Tigers’ points, as the team shot a paltry 33.3 percent from the floor (18-of-54). Qualls added 14 points and Feurtado made 11 points for Grambling, whose bench only contributed a total of seven points and five rebounds.
However, GSU (11-20) went to the free-throw line 35 times. Patton alone had 19 of those trips and made 13 of them.
As for the Delta Devils (13-19), they shot the ball better (45.1 percent) but got to the charity stripe just 14 times.
Paul Crosby led MVSU with 16 points, while Terrence Jordan added 12 in the loss.
The team also hurt itself with 14 turnovers, leading to 15 GSU points. By comparison, Grambling only gave the ball away six times.
Norfolk State 55, Coppin State 53
Rob Hampton’s up-and-under layup with two seconds proved the difference maker in the Spartans’ mild upset of the Eagles in the quarterfinals of the MEAC tournament at Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem.
After Pendarvis Williams missed a three-pointer, Aleek Pauline grabbed the rebound and called a timeout with just eight seconds left in the game and the score tied 53-all.
When play resumed, Hampton wove his way through traffic, came up and under several outstretched arms and laid it in.
The Eagles were unable to get a shot off before the buzzer.
As a result, the Spartans will take on Hampton in the semifinals Friday at 8 p.m.
Williams led NSU with 11 points. Kyle O’Quinn pulled down a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Hampton finished with 10 points.
Antonio Williams led the Eagles (16-14) with nine points and nine rebounds in the loss.
South Dakota 73, Chicago State 70 (OT)
Ardarius Simmons scored 20 points, while Christian Wall and Carl Montgomery added double-doubles but it wasn’t enough for the Cougars (6-25) to upset the Coyotes (17-14) in the quarterfinals of the Great West tournament at Event Center in Orem, Utah.
Wall scored 19 points and snared 10 rebounds. Montgomery added 14 points and pulled down 18 rebounds.
Jake Thomas led South Dakota with 20 points.
Howard 82, North Carolina A&T 72
Alabama State 81, Alabama A&M 61
Mississippi Valley 52, Alabama A&M 51
Ka’Neisha Smith sank two free throws with five seconds left to send the Devilettes to the semifinals of the SWAC tournament.
Trailing 51-50, Smith was fouled and made both tries from the charity stripe to give MVSU its final margin of victory. The Lady Bulldogs were unable to get off a clear shot at the basket as the buzzer sounded.
The Devilettes (14-16) will now meet top-seeded Southern, the SWAC’s regular season champion, Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the semifinals.
Smith finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. Brittney Lakes added 13 points and nine rebounds for MVSU, which shot a paltry 32.1 percent from the floor and made only 14 of 25 free throws.
Brittney Strickland was AAMU’s only double-digit scorer, leading all players with 22 points.
The Lady Bulldogs (15-14) did shoot somewhat better from the floor, but not so at the free-throw line, going 13-of-24.
Coppin State 76, Florida A&M 64
Howard 82, North Carolina A&T 72
Grambling State 72, Alcorn State 63
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