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Arkansas-Pine Bluff wins SWAC title for first NCAA bid
Bossier City, LA (Sports Network) - Tavaris Washington had 14 points and four rebounds as the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions took home the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament title with a 50-38 win over Texas Southern.
Allen Smith had 11 points while Lebaron Weathers, George Davis and Savalance Townsend each chipped in with six points for the second-seeded Golden Lions (17-15), who are going to the NCAA Tournament on a tear as the team has won 11 of their last 12.
DeAndre Hall had 14 points and 10 rebounds while Junior Treasure added 14 points for the fifth-seeded Tigers (17-16), who were looking to win their fifth tournament title.
Texas-Southern held the early lead, but Arkansas-Pine Bluff chipped away and took a 12-9 lead on Washington's layup with 11 1/2 minutes left in the first half.
The Tigers rallied with a 7-0 spurt, but then went almost the rest of the half without any points as the Golden Lions closed the half with a 12-2 run to take a 26-20 lead into the break.
Texas-Southern cut its deficit to five points with 11 1/2 minutes to play in the second half, as Treasure's jumper made it a 36-31 game.
However, the Tigers again went cold on the offensive end over the next six- plus minutes and the Golden Lions used that to stretch their lead.
Washington hit a three-ball after Treasure's jumper, then hit two free throws, and Weathers' tip-in made it a 43-31 game with a little over eight minutes to play.
From there Arkansas-Pine Bluff had no problems maintaining a double-digit lead on the way to the win.
Weathers also had nine rebounds in the game...Texas Southern shot just 26.1 percent in the game, including 1-for-9 from beyond the arc...The Golden Lions made 34.0 percent of their shots...The two teams combined to go just 24-for-38 from the free throw line.
03/13 23:39:57 ET
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