GSU splits hoops action against Prairie View

Tra’Michael Moton led GSU to a SWAC win over Prairie View A&M Tuesday. (Courtesy Photo)

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Tigers 68, Prairie View 64

Carte’Are Gordon racked up 18 points, helping lead the Grambling State men’s basketball team defeat Prairie View A&M 68-64 at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center on Monday night.

Gordon, who showcased his muscle and shot making ability, also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds with one lock. 

Shawndarius Cowart added 12 points with three assists, two rebounds and two steals while Tra’Michael Moton continued to get back comfortable in the lineup, adding 10 points with three boards, three assists and two steals. 

After Grambling State (17-8 overall, 10-3 SWAC) opened up a 14-6 lead, Prairie View A&M (9-16, 5-8) scored the next six points to pull within two midway through the first half. 

With the Tigers leading 24-18, the Panthers used an 8-0 run to snag a 26-24 lead with 6:05 to go in the half. That’s when Gordon came up with a three consecutive buckets for the GSU. His third basket was an emphatic dunk that put the Tigers back in the lead, 30-28.

PVAMU, however, carried a slim 35-34 into the halftime break.

The Panthers opened up a five point lead, 39-34, out of the locker room, but a 3-pointer from Gordon settled the Tigers down.With GSU trailing 44-42, Jourdan Smith decided to put the team on his back, scoring Grambling State’s next nine points and giving the Tigers a 51-46 advantage with 8:07 left.

Prairie View A&M with a 6-0 run of its own to propel itself ahead, 52-51, with 7:21 remaining. Cowart gave GSU the lead back with a basket inside the paint to make it 53-52 with 6:24 to go.

Although PVAMU tied the game at 59, GSU never trailed again in the contest, wearing the Panthers down the rest of the way, preserving the 68-64 win. 

Defensively, Grambling State held Prairie View A&M to just 37.1 percent shooting (23-of-62). On the offensive end, GSU knocked down 53.3 percent of its shots (24-of-45)

Yahuza Rasas led the Panthers with a game-high 25 points to go along with nine rebounds, a steal, a block and an assist. 


Prairie View 67, Lady Tigers 60

The Grambling State University women’s basketball team suffered a tough 67-60 loss at home in its against Prairie View A&M on Monday night st the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

Leah Morrow paced GSU (7-17 overall, 6-7 SWAC) with a double-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. Teammate Amanda Blake registered 12 points, two rebounds and one block.

The early minutes of the first quarter was close for both teams but it didn’t take long for PVAMU (11-13, 8-5) to begin pulling away from GSU. Despite facing a 14-8 deficit with 2:48 remaining in the first period, GSU was able to close their gap to four points, trailing 18-14 at the end of the first period.

GSU fought hard in the second quarter, tying PVAMU three times but could never get into a rhythm allowing the Lady Panthers to gain the lead 28-25 with 2:38 remaining. Prairie View A&M led by five, 30-25 going into the half

Grambling State exited the locker room with renewed energy, trimming the deficit down to one, 36-35 with 5:19 to play in the third quarter. Kennedi Heard  nailed a 3-pointer to give the Lady Panthers a 42-38 cushion with 2:15 to go in the period. GSU never recovered as PVAMU stretched their lead to twelve points ending the quarter on top 50-38.

GSU put up a good effort in the final quarter scoring 22 points total but the Lady Panthers were too much to overcome down the stretch. 

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