GSU drops heartbreaker; set for Bethune-Cookman Saturday

Courtesy of GSU Athletics

The Grambling State University men’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaker Wednesday evening at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center, falling late to Texas Southern, 67-61. 

Texas Southern (3-8 overall, 1-1 SWAC) raced out to a 10-5 lead following a jumper by Jordan Gilliam with 17:01 remaining in the opening half. Grambling State (4-11, 1-1) inched back to tie the game at 12-12 with a layup by Quentin Murrell at the 13:10 mark

GSU grabbed a four-point lead, 16-12 following a pari of free throws from Cameron Christon. John Walker III put Texas Southern back in front, 21-20, with a three pointer with 6:28 to go in the first half.

The Black and Gold tied the game two more times before going into halftime trailing Texas Southern, 34-29. Grambling State opened the second half going on an 16-7 run to push ahead of Texas Southern, leading by as much as nine, 52-43, with 10:59 to play.

Texas Southern fought back, tying the game at 58 with 2:27 remaining in regulation. GSU couldn’t fend off TSU, as Texas Southern finished the game on a 9-3 to secure the victory.

Grambling State shot 36.4 percent (20-for-55) from the floor and 73.7 percent (14-for-19) from the free-throw line. Texas Southern shot 42.6 percent (20-of-47) from the field and 71 percent (22-of-31) from the charity stripe.

Munford led GSU with 13 points while Christon added 12 points and Moton and Taylor 11 points each.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers travel to Daytona Beach, Fla. to face-off against Bethune-Cookman on Saturday.