Grambling taken to the woodshed by Grand Canyon , 81-48

Courtesy of Brian Howard, Grambling State Athletics

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PHOENIX, Ariz. | The Grambling State University men’s basketball team returned to the court on Friday night and suffered its first setback of the season as the Tigers fell, 81-48, to Grand Canyon on Friday night at GCU Arena.

Grambling State, which went the first 5:08 without a bucket from the floor, trailed, 42-15, at the half and could not recover.

Carte’Are Gordon was the lone Tiger in double figures as he finished with 15 points, on 6-of-11 shooting, along with two rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot. Tra’Michael Motonreturned to the lineup after being out last week with an illness as he tossed in seven points, with four boards, two assists and two steals.

Ray Harrison paced the Lopes with a game-high 25 points, on 9-of-11 from the floor, with one steal and one board. Josh Baker, Gabe McGlothan and Noah Baumann each recorded 10 points as Grand Canyon shot 48.1 percent from the field.

Grand Canyon (3-1) raced out to a 7-0 after a Harrison 3-pointer with 17:42 left in the first half.

The Tigers (2-1) struggled offensively from the field as Gordon’s bucket with 14:52 remaining cut the GCU advantage to 7-2.

The Lopes used a 13-1 run over the next four minutes, capped by a Harrison dunk, to extend the lead to 20-3 and took its largest advantage of the half, 40-13 on a 3-pointer by McGlothan with just under a minute to play.

GSU got a bucket by Gordon moments later, but free throws by Jovan Blackshear Jr. down the stretch sent the Lopes into the break with a 42-15 advantage.

Grand Canyon pushed the margin to 50-19 after a dunk by Harrison with 17:28 left as the Tigers not rally. 


  • Grambling State shot 32.1 percent (18-of-56) from the floor and 50 percent (9-of-18) from the free-throw line
  • Carte’Are Gordon led GSU with 15 points, two rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot
  • The Tigers finished with 28 points in the paint, 14 bench points, seven points off 14 Grand Canyon turnovers, five second-chance points and four fast break points
  • Grand Canyon went 28-of-66 shooting (42.4 percent) and 11-of-16 (68.8 percent) from the charity stripe
  • Ray Harrison led four Lopes in double figures with a game-high 25 points, along with one rebound and one steal
  • Gabe McGlothan registered 10 points, nine boards and one assist
  • Josh Baker added 10 points, six assists, three steals and one block
  • Noah Baumann registered 10 points, two assists and one rebound
  • The Lopes finished with 33 bench points, 28 points in the paint, 17 points off 18 Grambling State turnovers, 15 fast break points and seven second-chance points
  • UP NEXT 

Grambling State returns to action on Tuesday as the Tigers visit Pac-12 member Arizona State. Tip-off from Desert Financial Arena is set for 9 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on the Pac-12 Network.

Next Game:
at Arizona State
11/22/2022 | 9 p.m.
Pac-12 Network

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