Both hoop squads struggle in SWAC


Grambling men’s basketball team had a rough week since the spring semester started.

 First they fell behind to their in-state rival Southern University(12-6,6-0 SWAC), then dropped three more to Alcorn State(6-15,4-2 SWAC), Prairie View A&M (7-11,2-3 SWAC), and Texas Southern (5-13,4-1 SWAC). 

The four straight losses extend the Tigers losing streak to 15 games and are 0-6 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.  

So far this season their opponent scored a total of 1,222 points compared to 728 total points scored by the Tigers. This is partially due to the team trying to get used to the new offensive schemes.

“At first we didn’t adjust to the new offensive scheme but we are starting to see all the options within the offense we run,”said Steven Dandridge  junior center from Dolton, Ill. 

The Tigers’ first game this semester was a 82-43 loss to the Southern Jaguars. This game had a rough start and they could not recover from the Jags. 

Freshman guard Terry Rose led the Tigers with a team high of 14 points.

On Jan. 8 the Tigers’ again fell behind at home to the Alcorn State Braves 80-46. The Tigers had a rough night shooting. They shot 17-59 from the field and 5-14 from the 3-point line. Rose again led the team in scoring with 19 points and he shot 4-6 from 3-point range. 

The next two games were on the road in Texas against Prairie View and Texas Southern.

The Tigers began their road trip Saturday night with a 60-44 loss to the Panthers.  

It was a hard fought battle, early in the second half the score was 37-31 with the Tigers only losing by six. Turnovers and other mistakes caused P.V. to go on a 23-13 run making the game out of reach. Purvis led the way for the Tigers with 20 points and 11 rebounds. 

The Tigers played Texas Southern Monday night where they suffered another defeat 95-50. 

From the tip off, Texas Southern controlled the game.

At the half, TSU led 50-20. Purvis led the Tigers at half with 9 points and three assists. TSU shot 59 percent and made roughly 20 field goals at the half.  Steven Dandridge led Grambling with 14 points while Rose had 12 for GSU.

The next home game will be Saturday against Jackson State. Tip-off is 5 p.m.