PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Four players scored in double figures as Texas Southern overcame an early first-half deficit and took control from that point in a 66-57 road win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Saturday evening. The Tigers found themselves on the wrong side of the ledger midway through the first half as UAPB stormed out to a 17-7 lead behind the strength of five TSU turnovers.
The Tigers finally settled down and turned the tide after the 10-minute mark as they went on an 11-0 run to move ahead 18-17 as they forced five UAPB turnovers while Galen Alexander scored seven points. UAPB would regain a two-point lead with 5:09 remaining but TSU used the two-man tandem of Alexander and Jordan Gilliam down the stretch as the duo combined for eight of TSU’s final 12 points for a 32-26 halftime lead.
TSU kept its foot on the gas to open the second half as Michael Weathers and Yahuza Rasas sparked the Tigers by combining for 14 points within the first 6:02 as TSU stormed out to a 47-28 lead after a 15-2 run. The lead would grow to as much as 20 on two occasions over the next three minutes but UAPB made a late run to close within six (61-55) with 1:44 left. UAPB had a chance to draw even closer but missed a shot on the ensuing attempt and Alexander came up big with a three-point play the old-fashioned way with 1:15 remaining. UAPB narrowed the gap to seven once again shortly thereafter but TSU held on for its first win in Pine Bluff, Ark. since 2017.
Alexander led TSU with 14 points, eight rebounds, and three steals while Weathers added 13 points, three assists, and three steals. Gilliam and Rasas added 10 points each as Rasas finished one rebound short of a double-double with nine while Gilliam dished out four assists.
TSU is back in action on Monday at Mississippi Valley State for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.
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