JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jeff Middlebrooks scored 17 points, and he and Ivory White hit key baskets for Alabama State in the third overtime of an 81-78 victory over Jackson State on Thursday night.
White, who finished with 15 points, hit a 3-pointer to put the Hornets (5-9, 2-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference) ahead to stay, 72-71, with 3:49 to go. A 3-pointer by Middlebrooks and a jumper by White extended the lead to 77-71.
A layup by Willie Readus and a 3-pointer by Christian Williams brought the Tigers (3-11, 1-1) back within a point before Tremaine Butler's layup made it 79-76 Alabama State with 29 seconds left.
Howard Kelsey answered with a layup for Jackson State, but Middlebrooks iced the game with two free throws.
Williams led all scorers with 31 points, including a layup that tied the game 68-68 after two overtimes. Jenirro Bush added 20 points and Kelsey 12 for Jackson State.