PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas -- Ivy Smith Jr. scored the final seven points and Grambling held off Prairie View A&M, 90-85 on Saturday night to win their ninth straight game and move into a first-place tie in the Southwestern Conference.
The Tigers opened SWAC play with three straight losses, but have since strung together nine consecutive wins. After Arkansas-Pine Bluff's loss to Southern Saturday, 70-62, the teams now are tied atop the conference with 9-3 records.
Gary Blackston hit a 3 to get Prairie View within one, 79-78 with 3:27 left, but Shirmane Thomas answered with a jumper and hit a pair of free throws and Smith added another to defuse the threat. Troy Thompson hit a 3 and Blackston made two free throws to get the Panthers within a point, 84-83, but Smith answered with a jumper and four straight free throws to put the game out of reach.
New Orleans beats Pensacola Christian College 87-59
Bryson Robinson scored 13 points and New Orleans pulled away early in the second half to beat NCCAA Division II Pensacola Christian College 87-59 on Monday night.
Vick is perfect from 3-point range in win
Lagerald Vick does not miss a 3-pointer, making all eight of his attempts to help No. 2 Kansas beat Vermont 84-68.
Southeast Missouri State makes 14 3s, beats Quincy 102-66
Freshman Alex Caldwell made five 3-pointers and finished with 15 points to lead six in double-figure scoring as Southeast Missouri State rolled to a 102-66 victory over Division II Quincy on Monday night for its first win of the season.