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On the weekend where Houston hosted the annual Southwestern Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament, a hometown university takes home both, men and women, championships. Texas Southern University basketball teams advance to the NCAA tournament in hard fought victories.
Lady Tigers leave it all on the floor
The TSU Lady Tigers met the Grambling State Lady Tigers in a championship version of the Tiger Paw classic on Saturday afternoon.
Grambling St. started the game off on an 8-3 run with the scoring from forward John’ea Thompson and guard Shakyla Hill. GSU did not give up the lead until TSU closed the gap between the teams to tie the game 35-35 at half time.
Texas Southern closed the gap in the second half with scoring from guard Joyce Kennerson and forward Breasia McElrath. TSU took advantage of a poor play from guard Chynna Ewing at the final minutes of the game to take the lead from Grambling.
Texas Southern beat Grambling 70-66. Kennerson led all scorers with 29 points on 11-22 shooting. McElrath chipped in 10 points and Ewing added 8 points. Kennerson and Ewing earned All-Tournament team honors with Kennerson earning MVP.
Thompson led GSU with 23 on 11-17 shooting and 9 rebounds, Hill added 21 points on 7-19 shooting also with 9 rebounds. Hill and Thompson also earned All-Tourney team honors.
With this win TSU earned their first trip to NCAA tournament for women’s basketball.
Jones and Tigers show why they are Number in the SWAC
Alcorn St. vs. Texas Southern (Men’s Conference Final)
Texas Southern Tigers took on the Alcorn State Braves for the SWAC Men’s Championship. Thanks to a win Friday from the Braves, the Tigers were already set for a NCAA Tournament spot. Saturday evenings game was to solidify the dominance in the conference.
From the opening tip center Marvin Jones showed why he was named SWAC defensive player of the year. He dominated the painted area with scoring and defense. He helped TSU with a 10-2 opening lead.
Alcorn St. was down but never out of the game with hard play in the paint by forward Reginal Johnson. Johnson showed how versatile his game was by making shots from the 3-point line. He had help from his teammate guard Denzel Dulin whose streaky shooting help Alcorn gain the lead by the middle of the second half.
TSU guard Trae Jefferson and forward Kevin Scott were the spark plugs down the stretch making key 3-point shots and adding key defensive plays to help the Tigers maintain the led.
In TSU’s victory, 53-50, over Alcorn St., Scott recorded a double-double leading TSU with 15 points and a game high 12 rebounds. Jones added 14 points on 6-7 shooting with 7 rebounds and a game high 4 blocks. Jefferson also chipped in with 13 points on 4-10 shooting with a game high 5 steals. The TSU trio we also named All-Tourney Team with Jones as Tournament MVP.
Alcorn St. Johnson was top scorer in the game with 16 points on 6-13 shooting with 6 rebounds, also being named to the All-Tourney Team. Dulin chipped in 12 points on 5-11 shooting and 5 rebounds.
This will be TSU’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2015.