G-Men lose after getting first victory

After winning its first game of the season Saturday night, the GSU men’s basketball team fell short in Monday’s contest against Prairie View, 76-69, in a hard fought game. The game featured nine lead changes and 11 ties. GSU (1-12, 1-5 in SWAC) led 36-35 at halftime, despite shooting 38 percent from the field and 27 percent from behind the 3-point line.

The Tigers were able to manage the game and control the tempo, but came out flat in the second half.

Although GSU out-rebounded Prairie View 55-30, Grambling shot 32 percent from the field, 10 percent from the 3-point line and committed 22 turnovers. The Panthers took advantage of all those mistakes.

“We didn’t play,” coach Larry Wright said. “We did not do the things we needed to do to win this ball game.”

“Our star players, Andre Ratliff and Anthony Williams, shot a combined five of 24,” he said.

In the second half, Prairie View (4-13, 2-3) shot 50 percent from the field and committed only 13 turnovers the entire game.

The Panthers were led by Derek Johnson, who had 27 points, seven rebounds, three assists and seven steals.

Despite the loss, several Tigers performed well, led by Andrew Prestley (18 points and five rebounds), Jamal Breaux (11 points, 17 rebounds and three assists), and Duran Diaz (12 points).

The Tigers will travel to Jackson, Miss., to take on the Jackson State Tigers on Saturday. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

The G-Men’s next home game will be against Southern and will be televised nationally on ESPN2. The Feb. 9 matchup will begin at 1 p.m.