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G-Men split games on road trip, beat SU fall to Alcorn

By Keion Russell
On January 16, 2020

The Tigers are 3-1 in SWAC games this year. GSU Athletics/Courtesy photo

The Grambling State University basketball team is currently 9-7 and is coming off of an impressive win against in-state rival the Southern University Jaguars. 

The Tigers had a rough first half, going into the locker room down 40-29.

The Tigers motto all season has been to play great defense that leads to better and that is certainly what they did in the second half to the Jaguars.

The men’s basketball team only surrendered 16 second half points to Southern, which was a season low for them. 

Continuing to fight back and be relentless led the Tigers to a comeback win of 61-56 on Saturday afternoon.

DeVante Jackson led the way for the Tigers in scoring with 13 points and Travon Bunch dominated the glass with nine rebounds. 

The G-Men moved forward to an in-conference battle against a struggling Alcorn State University team which is currently 5-9.

The Tigers came in on a three-game winning streak and were looking to make it four against the Braves.

Alcorn came into the game ranked top 70 in the nation for points they average in a game with 76.6. 

This Braves team is known for is extremely fast tempo offense and exceptionally well shooting from long range at 38.5%.

The Tigers had to pride themselves with getting back on defense and limiting them from fast break points. 

Grambling also has a fluid offense as well. They average nearly 76 points per game which ranks them 92 in the nation for scoring.

Efficient as can be the Tigers also are ranked 50th in the nation in field goal percentage.

Although this game was completely different than all the statistics suggest.

Grambling shot the ball fairly well all-night shooting 50.9 percent from the field and also added six three pointers.

However, the inability to guard the three on the other end was ultimately the deciding factor in this game.

Alcorn made 13 threes which is 21 more points than Grambling could put on the board from beyond the arc and it proved to be to much to overcome for the emerging team as of late.

Although the disappointing loss there were a few bright spots to look forward to the rest of the season.

Cam Christon poured in 17 points and 9 rebounds. Making 3-4 threes in only 28 minutes of play,he definitely is someone to keep an eye on down the stretch. 

Forward Devante Jackson also had 14 and five rebounds in 31 minutes.

Almost identical to his regular season stats he was one of their standout players yet again. 

The G-Men look to focus and have their mindset on Saturday’s match-up against Prairie View at home in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. 

Look for them to come out to a fast start and focus extremely hard on the defensive side. 

Another conference game certainly can give the Tigers some ground in the division with a win.

Currently 3-1 in the SWAC and 9-8 overall, the Tigers  look to get back on track against the Panthers.

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