Grambling State weekend wrapup

Amanda Blake (Courtesy Photo)

Courtesy of GSU Athletic Communications

Southern 81, Tigers 73 (Saturday)

Shawnadrius Cowart notched a triple-double, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Grambling State men’s basketball to victory as the Tigers lost 81-73 at the F.G. Clark Activity Center to Southern University on Saturday afternoon.

Cowart stuffed the stat sheet racking up 14 rebounds, 12 points and 10 assists. He added two steals. 

Cameron Christon also had a strong performance, scoring a team-high 25 points, Christon’s 25-point performance matched a season-high and was one short of tying his career-high which was set on March 11, 2021 versus the Jaguars. He also snagged four rebounds.

Grambling State (10-7 overall, 3-2 SWAC) shot a higher percentage from the floor than Southern (9-9, 5-0). The Tigers went 41.4 percent of its shots, compared to SU’s 38.3 percent. However, it was Southern’s ability to knock down 3-pointers that served as the difference. The Jaguars we 10-of-26 from long distance (38.5 percent). GSU struggled from behind the arc, draining just 18.2 percent (4-of-22) of its attempts. 

GSU who trailed seven at halftime, rallied back early in the second half, but ran out of steam in the final minutes of the contest. 

In the first half, The Tigers and Jaguars battled back and forth. GSU was held a 16-14 lead with 10:37 to go in the first half. Southern then went on an 18-6 run, building 32-22 lead at the 3:43 mark. The Jaguars led 38-31 at the half. 

The Tigers exited the locker room with a different energy, opening the second half with 17-6 run over the first seven minutes, pushing in front of SU 48-44 with 13:00 to play. 

After Southern cut the gap back down to one, Cam Christon drained a midrange jumper extending GSU’s lead to 50-47 with 12:07 to go. The Jaguars knocked down back-to back threes to go up 53-50 with 11:06 left.

With 8:31 remaining as SU clinging to a 55-54 lead, Quintin Murrell splashed 3-pointer, pushing GSU back in the lead 57-55. 

After SU tied the game at 58-58, Grambling State had a chance to take a two-point lead, however two missed free throws kept the game tied. SU scored the next four points to go up 62-58 with 6:15 to go. 

The Tigers tied the game twice down the stretch, but wasn’t able to regain the lead.


Southern 59, Lady Tigers 49

The Grambling State University women’s basketball team suffered a 59-49 setback at the hands of rival Southern University at the F.G Clark Activity Center on Saturday afternoon.

Center Amanda Blake registered a double-double, scoring 10 points with 10 rebounds. She also rejected four shots and grabbed two steals. Her 10 points tied her season-high set against New Orleans on Nov. 18. 

Colbi Maples paced GSU (4-12 overall, 3-2 SWAC) with 15 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field. She also snagged seven rebounds and tallied two assists and two steals. 

As a team GSU shot 34.0 percent from the floor (17-of-50) and 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from behind the arc. The Lady Tigers went 9-of-13 from the free throw line (69.2 percent). GSU committed 20 turnovers. 

After Southern (7-9, 4-1) jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead, a driving layup by Leah Morrow started a 9-0 run for GSU. A jumper by Amanda Blake put the Lady Tigers on top 9-7 with 4:04 to go in the first quarter. A basket by Kaci Chairs capped the run, giving the Lady Tigers a an 11-7 lead. The Jaguars pushed back ahead, leading 19-14 at period’s end.

In the second quarter, Leah Morrow trimmed SU’s lead to 19-18 after knocking down a free throw and a 3-pointer. Jurnee McLaurin tied the score 20-20 on a free throw with 5:41 left in the half. The Jaguars closed the half with a 12-6 run to lead 33-26 at the break.

Southern dominated the third quarter, building a 47-34 advantage with 1:18 to go. Amanda Blake closed the scoring in the period with a layup. The Lady Tigers trailed by 11 going into the fourth. 

Grambling State did its best to keep pace with the Jaguars in the final quarter. Trailing 49-38, a 3-pointer by Colbi Maples made it a 49-41 game. Following a bucket by SU, freshman Jazmyne Jackson came off the bench, knocking down a trey of her to make the score 51-44 with 6:03 to play.

After basket by maples made the score 53-47, Southern took full control of the contest, putting the Tigers away late.

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