HOUSTON — Aaric Murray wouldn’t let Texas Southern lose on its home floor Monday night.
Murray finished with 34 points and came up with key plays down the stretch to help the Tigers beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 72-71 in an ESPNU-televised game. The loss is the fifth straight for the Golden Lions (4-15, 2-5), who need to win their remaining 11 games to avoid a losing season.
UAPB had broken a 66-all tie at the 3:05 mark on a Marcel Mosley three-point basket. But Murray scored the Tigers’ next four points, hitting a jumpshot with 1:39 left and, after a turnover, sinking two free throws 16 seconds later to put his team on top.
Mosley, who scored 17 points, answered with two free throws at 1:10 mark, but Madarious Gibbs was fouled 4 seconds later and made a pair to give the Tigers back the lead. Ghiavonni Robinson then had a jumper blocked and Mosley missed an attempt, allowing Texas Southern to run down the clock to 2 seconds before Jose Rodriguez missed a shot to beat the shot-clock buzzer. UAPB had a timeout remaining, but Davon Haynes kicked the ball out to Tevin Hammond off the rebound and Hammond, with a clear look at the basket, missed a three-point attempt as time expired.
The Lions had led by as many as 10 points with 12:35 remaining. The Tigers (9-10, 5-2) led 34-32 at halftime after the Lions went on a 10-2 run to whittle down their largest deficit.
Murray, who had 48 points in a win at Temple earlier this season, made 12 of 20 field-goal attempts and 10 of 12 free throws against UAPB. He and D’Angelo Scott, who added 11 points, each pulled down eight rebounds. They were the only two Tigers to score in double figures.
UAPB shot 51.9 percent (14 for 27) from three-point range and 40.7 percent (24 for 59) from the floor in defeat. Mosley shared the team-high in points with Daniel Broughton, a center who nailed four treys but was 6 for 20 from the floor. Hammond, who also sank four threes, had 15 points, while Haynes and Robinson each added 11 points.
But UAPB’s bench, which went five players deep, went scoreless.
The Tigers shot better from the floor (26 of 53 for 49.1 percent) but were only 3 for 13 from the perimeter. They made 17 of 24 free throws, while the Lions went 9 for 12.
Texas Southern 75,
HOUSTON — Arkansas Pine Bluff had no answer for a hot shooting Texas Southern as the Lady Lions lost their 16th straight game Monday night inside the H&PE Arena.
Texas Southern was 30 of 59 from the floor for a 50.8 percentage and had three players reach double figures, including Jazzmin Parker, who finished with 19 points on 9-of-18 shooting.
Brianna Sidney contributed with 12 points and seven rebounds and Alexus Johnson chipped in with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting for Texas Southern (9-9, 6-2 SWAC).
Christina Lasane led UAPB (1-16, 0-7) with 14 points on 3 of 10 shooting and 8 of 10 from the free throw line. Charisse Carr netted eight points and 11 rebounds.
UAPB shot a dismal 19 of 58 (32 percent) from the floor, including 0 for 12 from the three-point line. They were 13 of 21 from the free throw line.
UAPB will return to H.O. Clemmons Arena for a four-game home stand beginning with Saturday’s game against Grambling State at 5 p.m.