Grambling men, women move on in SWAC tournament

HOUSTON — Terry Rose scored 22 points as 10th-seeded Grambling defeated seventh-seeded Jackson State 84-75 in the first round of the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament on Tuesday at the Toyota Center.

GSU (5-23) avenged two regular-season losses to JSU both by double-digits.

Chandler Thomas added 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Tigers.

Grambling pushed ahead after it went on a 14-3 second-half run, with three pointers by Rose and A’Torri Shine, to take a 67-61 lead.

Julysses Nobles scored 28 points, on 9-of-23 shooting, for Jackson State (11-20, 7-11).

GSU will play second-seeded Texas Southern on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.

Women

No. 7 Grambling 83, No. 10 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 81, OT: In a close call, the Lady Tigers survived in the first round of the SWAC tournament on Tuesday at the Toyota Center.

With the win, GSU (11-19) will advance to the quarterfinals to meet No. 2 seed Texas Southern at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Joanna Miller led the Lady Tigers with a game-high 27 points. Miller made three crucial shots from the line with a minute left in the game to give the Lady Tigers a three point lead over UAPB (3-26) at 75-72. A last minute 3-pointer by Christina Lasane closed the gap and sent the game into overtime.

Cassidy Wright scored 24 points to lead UAPB while Christina Lasane added 23.