HOUSTON (AP)Justin Hopkins scored 11 of his career-high 23 points in the final eight minutes as Texas Southern rallied from a 10-point deficit to beat Jackson State 77-74 on Saturday night.
Yahuza Rasas and Tyrik Armstrong added 20 points each for Texas Southern. Rasas also had 16 rebounds.
Jonas James converted a three-point play to give Jackson State a 65-55 lead with eight minutes remaining but answered with a dunk, two free throws and a three-point play of his own to cut TSU’s deficit to three points with 7:12 to go. Armstrong scored seven points in an 11-0 run that gave the Texas Southern a 73-67 lead when he hit a 3-pointer with 3:51 left. Roland Griffin’s layup with 38 seconds to play pulled JSU within a point but Hopkins made two free throws to cap the scoring with nine seconds left capped the scoring.
Texas Southern (11-13, 8-3 Southwestern Athletic Conference) totaled 49 points in the second half, a season high for the team.
Roland Griffin had 21 points and six assists for Jackson State (10-15, 7-5), whose five-game winning streak was snapped. Tristan Jarrett added 16 points. Jonas James had 11 points. Jayveous McKinnis had 10 points, nine rebounds, and five blocks.
Texas Southern improves to 2-0 against Jackson State this season. Texas Southern defeated Jackson State 77-66 on Jan. 18. Texas Southern will pursue its fifth consecutive home victory on Monday when the team hosts Grambling State. Jackson State takes on Prairie View on the road on Monday.
For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP-Top25
Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com