Jackson State gained lead early, prevented Tigers comeback

The Tigers currently are fifth overall in the SWAC. GSU Athletics/Courtesy photo

Struggles in away games continued to plague the Tigers as they hit the road against Jackson State University.

Both teams entered the game on a three-game losing streak and looked to pick up a win and break the streak.

From the beginning of the game, a lopsided victory for JSU seemed imminent.

By the time the first quarter ended, Jackson State already held a 20-point lead over Grambling, the score 36-16 as the halftime buzzer sounded.

With only five shots from the field and just six free throws, GSU found themselves only shooting around 23 percent from the field.

Compared to a Jackson team shooting 44 percent from the field with 18 points coming from beyond the arc, the stark contrast and point differential outlined a more dominant game from the home team.

As the second half went underway, the Tigers looked to bring new life. Scoring 37 points, the group shot increasingly better.

However, the Jackson squad proved to be too much, as they scored 35 points to keep the lead from dwindling.

Jackson State kept their 18-point lead and went on to win the game with a decisive 71-53 victory. 

For the second game in a row, guard Ivy Smith Jr. Posted 14 points and added two rebounds and assists against JSU.

Teammate Devante Jackson added an additional nine points and six rebounds for the team in the loss.

For Jackson State, Tristan Jarrett scored a game-high 20 points with six rebounds while teammate Jayveous McKinnis added a huge double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds to help the home team secure a victory.

The Grambling team faces its fourth straight loss but will hope to get a win on the road against a struggling 3-16 University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff team. 

The victory would get Grambling to 10 wins for the season and start the team off well for the month of February.