Grambling falls in heartbreaking fashion to UTRGV 74-73

From Grambling Sports Information: EDINBURG, Texas | Ivy Smith Jr.’s layup attempt at the buzzer did everything but fall as the Grambling State University men’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaker, 74-73, to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley during the opening round of the collegeinsider.com tournament on Wednesday night at the UTRGV Fieldhouse. Grambling State concludes the season 17-17 and fell just short to earning back-to-back winning seasons in 15 years. UTRGV improves to 20-16 and moves on to the second round of the tournament. Dallas Polk-Hilliard led four Tiger players in double figures with…

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Grambling State University football holds its pro day

From Grambling Sports Information: GRAMBLING, La. | Grambling State University held its annual football Pro Day at Eddie G. Robinson Memoria Stadium on Tuesday morning in front of scouts representing 15 teams from the National Football League. “I thought it was a good day,” Grambling State head football coach Broderick Fobbs said. “This was a tremendous opportunity for these young men and to get an opportunity to perform in front of these scouts is always good.” Fourteen former Grambling State student-athletes went through a two-hour workout in front of NFL scouts on Tuesday.…

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Southern University wins 2019 SWAC Women’s Basketball Tournament

From swac.org : Southern 45, Jackson State 41Box Score BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southern University Jaguars outlasted Jackson State 45-41 to win the 2019 Toyota SWAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship. This is the first championship for Southern since 2019, and coach Carlos Funchess is the first coach since Cynthia Cooper-Dyke to guide a SWAC team to the tournament title in his or her first year on the sidelines. A tight one from the opening tip, Christina Ellis carried the Jackson State offense early, matching Southern point for point on her own…

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Prairie View wins Men’s SWAC Basketball Tournament

From swac.org : Prairie View A&M 92, Texas Southern 86Box Score  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Overcoming a 13-point deficit early on, Prairie View A&M (22-12) topped Texas Southern (21-13) in a thrilling 92-86 contest to win the 2019 Toyota SWAC Basketball Tournament. The win takes Coach Byron Smith and the Panthers to March Madness for the first time since 1998. With Tyrik Armstrong having the hot hand early, Texas Southern rushed to a 13-4 advantage over the top-seeded Panthers. The Tigers built a 20-7 lead following a Trayvon Reed dunk with a…

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SWAC Men’s Basketball Tournament Semifinal Recaps

From swac.org : Prairie View A&M 81, Grambling State 71Texas Southern 80, Alabama State 66 Panthers hold off Grambling State, advance to tournament finals BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Top-seeded Prairie View A&M prevailed 81-71 over No. 4 seed Grambling State Friday afternoon to advance to the 2019 Toyota SWAC Basketball Tournament finals at Bill Harris Arena. Devonte Patterson scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Panthers (21-12). Gary Blackston added 18 points and five rebounds, and Darius Williams scored 16 points. Ivy Smith led Grambling State with 21 points and…

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SWAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Semifinals Recap

From swac.org: Southern 71, Grambling State 69Jackson State 75, Prairie View A&M 63 (2 OT) Southern fends off late Grambling State rally, advances to finals BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – No. 1 seed Southern gutted out a 71-69 victory over No. 4 seed and defending tournament champion Grambling State Friday afternoon, advancing to the 2019 Toyota SWAC Women’s Basketball Tournament championship game. Southern (20-12) asserted itself early on the interior, opening the game on a 6-2 run. Jazmine Boyd brought Grambling State within one with a three-pointer, and the sides traded baskets over…

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Grambling’s Donte’ Jackson named Ben Jobe Award Finalist

From Grambling State Sports Information: BOSTON, Mass. | Grambling State University head men’s basketball Donte’ Jackson was named on Thursday a 2019 Ben Jobe Award Finalist. The Ben Jobe Award is presented annually to the top minority coach in division I men’s basketball. An icon in the history of basketball atHistorically Black Colleges and Universities, Jobe is best known as the head coach of the Southern University, a position he held for 12 seasons. His record at Southern was 209-141 and included four NCAA Tournament appearances. He also coached the Jaguars to one NIT…

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Grambling Lady Tigers fall 71-69 in SWAC semis

From Grambling Sports Information: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. | There will be no glass slipper and no repeating as Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) women’s basketball champions for Grambling State University as the Lady Tigers could not rally from a 10-point halftime deficit in a 71-69 defeat to Southern University on Friday afternoon in the SWAC semifinals at Bill Harris Arena Southern (19-12), the tournament’s top seed and regular season champions, advance to Saturday’s title game and will meet either Jackson State or Prairie View A&M. Grambling State concludes the season with a 16-16 overall record. Grambling…

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Hill leads Grambling to SWAC semis

From Grambling State Sports Information: GRAMBLING, La. | Shakyla Hill, who was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday, posted a double-double with a game-high 22 points and 10 assists as Grambling State advanced to the 2019 Toyota SWAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Semifinals with a 72-61 victory over Texas Southern at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. Grambling State (16-15), the fourth seed, advanced to Friday’s semifinals and will meet top seed Southern at noon at Bill Harris Arena in Birmingham,…

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Grambling Lady Tigers hold off late charge from Alabama A&M

GRAMBLING, La. | The Grambling State University women’s basketball team led by as many 25 points midway through the third period and held on for a 71-61 victory over Alabama A&M during Senior Day in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game on Saturday at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. Grambling State secured the fourth seed in next week’s SWAC Basketball Tournament and will face the fifth seed, Texas Southern. Tip-off against TSU is set for on Tuesday at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. Time for Tuesday’s game will be determined…

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