Texas Southern (10-19, 10-6 Southwestern Conference) is in a three-way tie with Prairie View A&M and Southern for third in the standings, a half-game behind Arkansas-Pine Bluff and full game behind Grambling State.
Bruce, who hit nine 3-pointers and finished with 35 points in Saturday's win over Alabama A&M, scored a career-high 37 with eight 3s two days later while Jefferson tied his career best with 34 points. Jefferson, a sophomore, has scored at least 20 points in 12 of his 20 games this season.
Bruce and Jefferson hit back-to-back 3s to give TSU the lead for good at 18-12 and the Tigers scored the last nine points of the first half to make it 46-29. Alabama State trailed by double figures the rest of the way.
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Charleston Classic field for 2019 includes Xavier, Florida, UConn, Miami
Xavier, Miami, Florida, UConn, Missouri State, Penn State, St. Joseph's and Towson will all play in the 2019 Charleston Classic, it was announced Thursday.
UConn signs backcourt duo James Bouknight, Jalen Gaffney for 2019
UConn coach Dan Hurley has announced his first signings for next season: guards James Bouknight of Brooklyn, New York, and Jalen Gaffney of Columbus, New Jersey.