GRAMBLING, La. -- Anthony Gaston had 17 points and Ivy Smith hit a big bucket in the final seconds and scored 16 points to help Grambling withstand Southern's furious second-half rally for a 69-63 victory on Saturday night.
Dallas Polk-Hilliard pitched in with 10 points and six rebounds for the Tigers (7-9, 1-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference), who jumped out to a 40-22 halftime advantage then hung on for dear life.
The Jaguars (1-15, 0-3), losers of nine straight, opened the second half with a 20-9 run to close within 48-42 with 13:30 remaining. Sidney Umude's steal and dunk gave the Jaguars a 57-56 lead with 5:53 left. Polk-Hilliard's 3-pointer regained the lead for the Tigers. Southern pulled within a point again on Umude's jumper with 3:26 to play, but DeVante Jackson had a tip-in and a dunk and Grambling held on. Smith's jumper with 20 seconds left pushed the Tigers' lead to five.
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