Texas Southern (1-13) won its first game of the season in a Southwestern Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
Bruce made a career-best eight 3s on 12 attempts and Jefferson was 5 of 11 as Texas Southern made 15 of 38 from 3-point range. Jefferson reached 20-plus points for the 10th time this season.
Texas Southern went on a 17-5 run -- with three 3-pointers from Bruce -- midway through the first half for a 27-13 lead. But Southern closed the half by scoring the final six points to pull within 37-34.
Southern was within 52-48 with 13:37 to go but didn't make its next field goal until the 8:21 mark and trailed 66-51.
Applewhite's tip-in basket sends SC State past Coppin State
Damni Applewhite made a tip-in basket of Janai Raynor-Powell's missed layup with a second left to give South Carolina State a 70-68 win over Coppin State on Monday night.
Garrett spins in for tough layup
Marcus Garrett bounces off a Texas defender and finishes at the rim for two points.
Sylla's career-high 25 pts leads NC A&T past UMES 67-58
Ibrahim Sylla scored a career-high 25 points and tied his career best with 10 rebounds and North Carolina A&T remained unbeaten in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play beating Maryland-Eastern Shore 67-58 on Monday night.