GRAMBLING, La. — On a day when Arkansas-Pine Bluff received good news about its immediate postseason future, the Golden Lions found another reason to celebrate.
Marcel Mosley scored a game-high 22 points, Davon Haynes totaled 16, and UAPB defeated Grambling State for the second time this season, 62-51, Saturday at Hobdy Arena. The win assures UAPB (11-17, 9-7 SWAC) it won’t finish below a .500 win percentage in conference play and breaks a tie for fourth place with Alcorn State, which lost 67-54 to Southern. Southern (18-11, 14-2) clinched the SWAC regular-season championship with the win.
That assures a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament for the Jaguars, who like the Golden Lions are banned from competing in the NCAA tournament but learned Saturday they will be allowed to play in the SWAC tournament.
UAPB shot 41.7 percent from the floor (20 of 48) in the victory and held Grambling State (3-21, 2-13) to 32.6 percent (15 of 46). The Lions went on a 14-9 run to take a 21-20 halftime lead, but both teams were cold from the floor in the first half (UAPB was 9 for 24 to Grambling State’s 5 for 23).
A Sean Tingle layup extended the Lions’ lead to 35-28 with 12:40 remaining, but the Tigers scored nine unanswered to move back in front. UAPB counted with a 13-4 rally with 2:32 remaining.
Grambling State got to within no closer than 52-48 on two Antwain Scott free throws with 54 seconds left. Scott had 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Terry Rose added 11 points for the Tigers.
UAPB will conclude its two-game Interstate 20 swing with a Monday night game at Jackson State.
Grambling State 85, UAPB 56
GRAMBLING, La. — Victoya Ricks had 16 points and 17 rebounds and Joanna Miller scored a game-high 23 points in leading the Lady Tigers (9-17, 6-9 SWAC) to a rout of the Lady Lions (3-23, 2-14).
Grambling State was up 40-18 at halftime after UAPB hit only 6 of 22 from the field. The Lady Lions stormed back to pull within 51-47 on a Jazmyne Victorian putback with 11:22 remaining, but a Miller three-point basket made it a 66-55 lead the Lady Tigers would build on the rest of the way.
Victorian led UAPB with 15 points and Christina Lasane added 10.