HOUSTON -- Demontrae Jefferson scored 23 points and Texas Southern picked up its third conference win, holding on in the face of a late rally to secure a 100-94 victory over Prairie View A&M on Saturday night.
Texas Southern led by as many as nine points, 32-23, with 4:08 to play in the half and had a 41-37 edge at the break.
The Tigers led throughout the second half and a jumper by Walker gave the Tigers their biggest lead of the game, 86-57, with 6:33 to play. A rally by Prairie View during the final two minutes cut the lead to five points, 99-94, with three seconds left.
Gary Blackston scored 24 points for the Panthers (5-12, 2-1).
Watts is one of the most dynamic scoring guards in the country and looks to develop his game under coach Tom Izzo's tutelage.
Rocket Watts, the No. 27 overall prospect in the 2019 class, has committed to Michigan State.
UNC Wilmington will open its preseason basketball practices at North Carolina due to lingering effects of Hurricane Florence.