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Gaston, Smith help Grambling edge Southern 69-63

GRAMBLING, La. (AP) Anthony Gaston had 17 points and Ivy Smith hit a big bucket in the final seconds and scored 16 points to help Grambling withstand Southern's furious second-half rally for a 69-63 victory on Saturday night.

Dallas Polk-Hilliard pitched in with 10 points and six rebounds for the Tigers (7-9, 1-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference), who jumped out to a 40-22 halftime advantage then hung on for dear life.

The Jaguars (1-15, 0-3), losers of nine straight, opened the second half with a 20-9 run to close within 48-42 with 13:30 remaining. Sidney Umude's steal and dunk gave the Jaguars a 57-56 lead with 5:53 left. Polk-Hilliard's 3-pointer regained the lead for the Tigers. Southern pulled within a point again on Umude's jumper with 3:26 to play, but DeVante Jackson had a tip-in and a dunk and Grambling held on. Smith's jumper with 20 seconds left pushed the Tigers' lead to five.

Jayden Saddler paced Southern with 12 points and five rebounds, while Richard Lee scored 11.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo Southern 1-15 224163
home team logo Grambling 7-9 402969
Team Stats
away team logo Southern 1-15 64.9 PPG 34.2 RPG 11.2 APG
home team logo Grambling 7-9 71.6 PPG 42.3 RPG 12.4 APG
Key Players
22
E. Reese 13.2 PPG 3.5 RPG 2.4 APG 44.8 FG%
1
I. Smith Jr. 13.7 PPG 3.3 RPG 4.8 APG 40.4 FG%
Top Scorers
PTS REB AST
PTS REB AST
0 FG% 0
0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB