Jackson State (10-13, 7-3 Southwestern Athletic Conference) trailed 57-51 with 3:17 left in the game, but Jefferson, Maurice Rivers and Franklin nailed 3-pointers on three straight trips down the floor to pull out the victory and snap a three-game skid. Rivers scored 12.
A.J. Mosby topped the Braves (7-16, 3-7) with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Devon Brewer scored 12. Alcorn State shot just 41 percent from the floor, 28 percent (5 of 18) from beyond the arc, made 10 of 16 at the free-throw line and finished with just six assists. The Braves came in averaging a conference-best 7.8 treys per contest.
Jefferson had four of his 3-pointers in the first half to guide the Tigers to a 31-25 halftime lead. Mosby had back-to-back layups to give Alcorn State a 48-47 lead with seven minutes left, and Reed Yalen's bucket stretched its advantage to 57-51 before the Tigers unleashed their game-ending 3-point barrage.
Jim Calhoun, who has a career record of 873-380 and led UConn to three national titles before retiring in 2012, has been hired as coach at Saint Joseph.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott believes a tentative ruling making show-cause orders illegal in California would threaten NCAA membership for state schools.
Guard James Bouknight, ranked 87th in the ESPN 100, is the first player from the Class of 2019 to commit to UConn and first-year coach Dan Hurley.