The Tigers defeated Alcorn State University, 95-80, snapping a 45-game losing streak against Division I opponents. Grambling State had one win earlier this season against Central Baptist College 83-75 a Division-II team.
“I’m just really excited for my players, my team, it’s a special moment for all of Grambling,” said head coach Joseph Price, in his second season. This was Price’s first Division I win since he arrived at GSU.
“It was good to see Terry Rose play to his potential and to see Steven Danridge a senior get his first Division 1 win in two years,” said Price.
Rose was named Southwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week after his performance against the Braves. He scored 18 points and one rebound.
A’Torri Shine was the team leading scorer with 19 Antwan Scott with 16. Grambling had five players in double figures, and wanted to improve their offensive production. Antwan Scott finished with a double double , 16 points and 13 assist.
Grambling State’s offensive shot 34 percent against in-state rivals Southern University, 104- 54, at home on Saturday. The Tigers had a bounce back performance shooting 60 percent from the field and from behind the arch against the Braves Monday night.
“I’m just proud of my team we played together to get this win,” said Shine. “We played more as a team we shared the ball and got great looks. I’m just proud of my boys and I believe this could turn into a late season run.”
The Tigers have seven games remaining, and are ineligible for the SWAC tournament in Houston because of APR regulations.
Seconds before halftime the gym erupted, as GSU’s Remond Brown was injured after he stole the Braves’ pass in transition and had a monstrous dunk over Alcorn’s LeAntwan Luckett. Brown suffered a broken tibia; he will miss the remainder of the season.
“Remond loves playing defense. He is probably our best defender, the team thrives of his energy,” said Price. “After the Southern lost, we talked about ball pressure and Remond did that. He anticipated the pass and stole it, I knew he was going to dunk it because he is such a great athlete and unfortunately he broke his tibia on his way down.”
After a 10-point halftime lead, the Tigers never looked back pushing their lead to 15.
Fans waited patiently to rush the floor as Richard Freeman nailed a half court 3-pointer as time expired to put the dragger in the Brave’s season.
“(Richard) has a lot of heart, and he is a leader,” said Price. “In fact, I had a dream about him hitting a shot at the buzzer.”
Grambling looks forward to Texas Southern University on the road Saturday in Houston. Texas Southern is on a three-game losing streak. TSU is 9-13 overall and leading scorers are Aaric Murray averaging 23.8 points and Jose Rodriguez with 12.1 points per game.
“TSU is a must win game,” said Scott. “It’s time to start a winning streak, that’s something we have not done at GSU in a long time.”