Tigers on pace to defend SWAC Crown

The 2018-19 Grambling State men’s basketball team pose for a team portrait earlier this season.

The Grambling State University men’s basketball team outlasted Southern University 69-63 in their SWAC home opener on Saturday evening at Fredrick C. Hobdy Center.


Anthony Gatson led the Tigers in scoring, registering 17 points. Jayden Saddler led the Jaguars with 12 points and five rebounds. 


The victory ended a three-game losing streak for GSU which now has a record of (7-9 overall, 1-2 SWAC).


The Tigers also ran past Alcorn University 77-42, in SWAC play on Monday night in Grambling.


Dallas Polk-Hilliard recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds Troymain Cosby led Alcorn State with 15 points and four rebounds.


The victory allowed GSU head coach Donte Jackson to reach a milestone with his 150th win.


GSU looks to continue their success from the 2018 season. 


The Tigers have already defeated Southeastern Louisiana, 69-68, and Portland University, 70-58 this season. 


GSU was predicted to win the conference and defend their regular season crown. The Tigers lead the SWAC conference in 11 different categories.


The boost in play comes after the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship Trophy was on tour throughout the country.


The trophy made a stop at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Center at Grambling State University. 


Fans were able to take pictures with the trophy, bringing in the 2019 season with a reality that the trophy is attainable. 


GSU begins a two-game Texas road trip on Saturday against Texas Southern University.