JACKSON, Miss. -- Jeremiah Jefferson poured in nine 3-pointers and finished with 28 points, both career highs, to lead Jackson State to a 79-71 win over Prairie View A&M on Monday night.
Jefferson, a 6-foot-2 junior, was 9 for 15 from the field and went 1 of 2 at the line. Darius Austin and Julian Daughtry added 13 points apiece for Jackson State (9-10, 6-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference) and Treshawn Bolden had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Prairie View A&M (5-14, 2-3) won the rebounding battle 42-33, but hit just 3 of 22 from 3-point range while Jackson State made 14 of 25 (56 percent).
The Tigers started strong and hung on, scoring the first seven points of the game en route to a 40-33 halftime advantage, then protecting it over the final 20 minutes to remain in sole possession of first place in the SWAC standings.
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