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JACKSON, Miss. — Southern’s first loss of the season opened the door for Arkansas-Pine Bluff to grab a share of first place in the SWAC.
Instead, UAPB suffered a disappointing loss of its own Monday night.
Despite a season-high 31 points from Terrell Kennedy, the Golden Lions’ season-long four-game winning streak came to an end as Jackson State hit 52.8 percent from the floor in an 82-67 victory Monday night.
The win was huge for a Tigers team that sits tied for seventh in the 10-team SWAC at 3-6 and 7-13 overall. UAPB (8-13, 7-2 SWAC) is tied for second with Texas Southern in SWAC standings with a second round of conference games set to start Saturday at Alabama State.
Conference leader Southern was upset by Alcorn State on Saturday and did not play Monday. After trailing 39-36 at halftime Monday, it seemed UAPB would get over the hump and take advantage of Southern’s misfortune.
Instead, the Lions shot only 11 of 35 from the floor for 31.4 percent, well off its first-half clip of 13 of 25 for 52 percent. They led by as many as five points midway through the first half and, after falling in a 50-38 hole, pulled to within 50-45 with 13:45 left.
That’s as close as UAPB would come. Jackson State remained hot from the floor the entire game, hitting 28 of 53 field goals for 52.8 percent, including 9 of 22 three-point attempts.
Kennedy hit 10 of 20 shots from the floor and converted 11 of 14 free throws. He and Davon Haynes each had a game-high eight rebounds.
Haynes scored 14 points, hitting 6 of 11 from the floor, and Lazabian Jackson added 10 points and six assists.
Christian Williams led Jackson State with 27 points, and Dundrecous Nelson added 16 off the bench.
UAPB converted 15 of 23 free throws for 65.2 percent, while Jackson State nailed 17 of 25 for 68 percent. UAPB had a 34-31 rebounding advantage.
Jackson State 70, UAPB 59
JACKSON, Miss. — Chi Chi Okwumabua scored a game-high 22 points and Lakendra Marsh had 18, but it wasn’t enough for the Lady Lions (7-12, 3-6 SWAC) to overcome a 34-23 halftime deficit.
Okwumabua had six rebounds and shot 9 of 14 from the floor, but turned the ball over six times as well. Marsh hit 8 of 13 free throws, while UAPB hit 19 of 31 as a team.
The Lady Lions led only twice in the game, each time by three points in the early minutes, and trailed by as many as 20 points in the second half. They hit only 38.8 percent from the floor (19 of 49, including 2 of 13 from three-point range), but outrebounded the Lady Tigers (7-11, 4-5 SWAC).
Cassidy Wright scored eight points for UAPB.
Jackson State was led by Tiffany Kellum with 14 points and Beatrice Banks with 11 off the bench. Each Lady Tiger who played scored.
Jackson State shot 38.9 percent from the floor (21 of 54, including 6 of 16 from the arc) and 78.6 percent from the foul line (22 of 28).