Aaric Murray scored 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead Texas Southern University to a 78-73 win over Prairie View in the SWAC Tournament championship game on Saturday and a berth in the NCAA tournament. It was his seventh double-double of the season.
The win clinches the Tigers’ fifth NCAA tournament bid in school history and first since 2003.
The Tigers (19-14) overcame a 38-31 halftime deficit by starting the second half on a 13-2 run to take the lead just four minutes into the half and held for the win.Madarious Gibbs added 15 points and five assists for the Tigers. The Panthers (11-23) were led by 19 points from junior guard Montreal Scott.
PVAMU rallied late when Demondre Chapman cut to the basket and dunked to bring them within five 70-65 with a couple of minutes remaining. This was Prairie View’s second straight season losing in the SWAC Tournament championship game.
Murray’s block with 40 seconds to go sealed the victory. TSU head coach Mike Davis now has led three different schools to the NCAA Tournament. They’re fate will be determined on Selection Sunday.