Basketball season ends on sour note at SWAC tourney

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Junior guard Anthony Gatson drives past a PVAM defender as GSU fell short  71-61 in a SWAC semifinal gameww.

GSU ATHLETICS/Courtesy photo
Senior Shakyla Hill finished as SWAC and Grambling State All-Time staels later.

Men’s basketball
The 2019 Grambling State University men’s basketball season came to an end on the afternoon of Friday, March 15 as the Tigers fell, 81-71, to top seed Prairie View A&M in the Toyota Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) men’s basketball tournament semifinals at Bill Harris Arena.
Ivy Smith Jr.  led GSU with 21 points, seven assists, three rebounds and one steal. Axel Mpoyo added 16 points while Anthony Gaston came off the bench to provide 10 points, two rebounds and one steal.
GSU finish its season leading the conference in nine different categories and an overall record of (17-16).
Smith led the conference in assists per game, surpassed 1,000 points scored throughout his career this season, while being name to All-SWAC Second Team.
Head coach Dante Jackson was also named a finalist for coach of the year.
Women’s basketball
The Lady Tigers could not rally from a 10-point halftime deficit in a 71-69 defeat to Southern University on the afternoon of Friday, March 15 in the SWAC semifinals at Bill Harris Arena.
With the loss the Lady Tigers were unable to hold onto the SWAC Championship crown after winning it in the 2018 season.
GSU fell behind by six points early in the first quarter to the top seed and regular season champions Southern University.
The Lady Tigers finish the season with a record of (16-16) and has won 10 or more conference games for the past four seasons.
Shakyla Hill finished with 2,073 career points, which ranks third all-time in GSU scoring history, and a Grambling State and SWAC record 493 career steals.