G-Men struggle to get to the top

The struggles continue for Grambling State men’s basketball team as the G-Men fell to The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils Monday night.The final score was 94-74.

The game was essentially over in the first half; although, it was tightly contested at the beginning. The score was 15-15, but free throws by Mississippi Valley’s Kevin Burwell at the 9:25 mark sparked a 29-11 run to close the half.

Justin Patton had a career night. He scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Donald Qualls also added 18 points.

The loss to Mississippi Valley State put the Tigers on a six-game losing streak.

The Tigers are giving up 74.6 ppg and for a team who shoots a substantial amount of three-pointers, they haven’t shot the three ball well. The Tigers are shooting at 25 percent from behind the arch.

“The guys are almost devastated,” said Grambling’s Coach Bobby Washington of the team’s emotions.

Washington said he believes that his team is giving the effort night in and night out; but, mental breakdowns are the team’s Achilles heel.

Washington wants the fans to support them during this rebuilding process.

“Rome was not built in a day,” said Washington. “I want our campus community to stick by us. We are playing hard. We are just young, and we got to learn to be mentality tough.”

Their next game is against Southern University, where the Tigers got the last victory. Hopefully, they can come out with a sense of urgency to get the victory and end the losing streak.