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JSU to face Southern in SWAC Hoops Game of the Week
Courtesy: Jackson State Athletics Media  
Release: 02/03/2013
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JACKSON, MS - The Jackson State men's and women's basketball team will return to action Monday, Feb. 4 when the Tigers and Lady Tigers travel to Baton Rouge, LA to face the Southern Jaguars. The game will be broadcast via live video stream on the SWAC Digital Network. Tip-off for the women's game is set for 5:30 pm and the men's game will follow at 7:30 pm.

Both JSU teams are on four game winning streaks. Both JSU teams beat Alcorn State Saturday evening in Lorman, MS. The Lady Tigers won 40-34 over the Lady Braves. After a sluggish start, JSU picked up its defensive intensity. Demara Howard and Tiffany Kellum each recorded a double-double. Howard finished 11 points and 12 rebounds, including 10 on the defensive end, and Kellum added 10 points and 16 rebounds to lead JSU (8-11, 5-5). The Lady Tigers shot 31 percent from the field. The Lady Tigers fell behind the Lady Braves at the midpoint 19-11. To open the second half, JSU used an 8-2 run to close the gap, 21-19, with 14:55 on the clock. With 4:17 remaining, the Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Braves, 11-8, to even the score at 30 apiece.

Down the stretch, the score was tied at 32 and 34, before Kellum hit four free-throws to help JSU pull away closing the game with a 6-2 edge.

The Lady Tigers opponent on Monday, Southern, beat Grambling 83-81 on Saturday. Five players scored in double figures to help Southern University edge Grambling State in double overtime, 83-81, on Saturday at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

Yasmin Fuller scored a team-high 21 points and Jasmine Jefferson finished with 20 to lead the Lady Jaguars. Adrian Sanders added 12 points and Lachell Rush tacked on a double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds. Kendra Coleman rounded out the SU scoring with 10 points to go with seven assists.

SU shot 41 percent overall and 33 percent from the three-point arc. The game was locked at 81 with 1:25 on the clock in the second overtime. In the closing seconds, SU (12-9, 9-1), forced a turnover and connected two free throws to seal the win.

In men's action, Christian Williams made 15 of 16 from the free-throw line and scored 20 points to lead Jackson State to an 84-71 victory over Alcorn State on Saturday.

Jeff Stubbs had 16 points and Dundrecous Nelson added 15, Howard Kelsey 10, and Willie Readus contributed nine points and nine rebounds for the Tigers (5-14, 4-6 Southwestern Athletic Conference), who have won four games in a row. Jackson State shot 37.7 percent from the field (20 of 53) to Alcorn State's 31.1 percent (23 of 74), but the Tigers made 40 of 51 free throws while Alcorn State was 22 of 37.

Leading 55-52, Jackson State made a 12-4 run to secure the victory.

The Southern men's team beat Grambling 59-31. Malcolm Miller had a game-high 17 points to help Southern University dominate the G-Men.

Derick Beltran and Jameel Grace each scored 10 points for Southern (15-7, 9-1) who remains undefeated at home.

Brandon Moore had a game-high 11 rebounds to help Southern outrebound Grambling State 54-36.

Though Southern shot 37.7 percent (23 of 61) for the game, Grambling shot its lowest percentage of the season, 19.6 percent (11 of 56).

Southern led by as many as 32 points in the second half. Southern shot 36.7 percent (11 of 30) in the first half while Grambling State shot 22.2 percent (6 of 27). Southern led at halftime 28-16.

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