Tigers end season with SWAC Tournament loss


The Grambling State University’s men’s basketball team semi Cinderella story is now over.

On Wednesday in the quarterfinal game of the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament, after GSU won it’s first SWAC tournament game since 2011, second-seeded Texas Southern won its seventh consecutive game defeating No. 10 seed Grambling State 79-54.

Three players scored in double figures for TSU led by Aaric Murray’s 18 points and six blocked shots.

Antwan Scott led Grambling with 12 points. 

Although Grambling’s (5-24) season is over a bit early, it lasted longer than projected. 

After losing all 28 games in last season and only winning five games this season, not many expected the Tigers to win a tournament game over Jackson State.

In the two games GSU faced Jackson, Grambling lost by an average of 18.5 points.  On Jan. 25 when the two teams played, Grambling lost 76-59 and on Mar 11 when they played, Grambling lost 79-59.

But when the low seeded GSU entered the SWAC tournament on Tuesday, the regular season didn’t matter as GSU defeated Jackson 84-75 behind Terry Rose’s 22 points.

So clearly the past didn’t mater unless you brought up 2011.

In 2011, when the Tigers won their last tournament game, Grambling defeated Jackson State just as they did on Tuesday.