G-Men add road win over Texas Southern

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GSU Athletics Communications


HOUSTON — The Grambling State University men’s basketball team got back on the winning track on Wednesday evening, earning an 85-72 victory over Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) opponent Texas Southern at HP&E Arena.


Cameron Christon paced the Tigers, leading all scorers with a season-25 points on 10-of-16 shooting, to go along with nine rebounds and one assist. 


Virshon Cotton scored his most points as a Tiger, finishing with 18 points with four rebounds and four assists.


GSU connected on just over 60% of its field goal attempts, going 31-of-51 from the field. 


Neither team could breakaway from the other for much of the first half as both squads traded buckets and leads. 


Trailing 31-30 with 4:44 to go in the first half, Grambling State (8-6 overall, 1-1 SWAC), Cotton sank a 3-pointer, putting the Tigers up 33-31. A layup by Shawdarius  Cowart stretched the advantage to 35-31 with 3:45 left. 


A jumper by Christon pushed the lead to six, 37-31 at the 2:48 mark.


GSU closed the half on an 11-4 run, carrying a 41-34 lead into the locker room. 


With 11:09 to go In the second half, Khelin Farooq briefly put Texas Southern ahead 57-56 with a two-pointer. Christon responded quickly on the other end of the court with a dunk, boosting GSU back in front 58-57. 


On Grambling State’s next trip up the court, Cotton stroked a 3-pointer extending the lead to 61-57 with 10:06 remaining. 


TSU’s John Walker drove to the hoop for a bucket with 8:53 to go, slimming GSU’s lead to 61-60. 


After Grambling State stretched the lead to six, Texas Southern continued to stick close, using a 3-pointer from Jordan Gilliam to pull within two 68-66 with just over six minutes left.


Grambling State cranked into high gear from the point, outscoring TSU 17-6 over the final six minutes of the contest, claiming the 85-72 win.