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.
NC State adds Lehigh's Andree as grad transfer
Lehigh's Pat Andree, who averaged 12.7 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 42 percent from 3-point range over the past two seasons, is headed to NC State as a graduate transfer for next season.
Kansas files appeal of De Sousa ban to NCAA
Kansas has filed its appeal regarding the ongoing suspension of Silvio De Sousa, who did not play last season following testimony regarding a $2,500 payment to his guardian.
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