Texas Southern clinches NCAA berth with 78-73 win over Prairie View

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HOUSTON (AP) - Aaric Murray had 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead Texas Southern to a 78-73 win in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday and a berth in the NCAA tournament.

The win clinches the Tigers' fifth NCAA tournament bid in school history and first since 2003.

The Tigers (19-14) overcame a 38-31 halftime deficit by starting the second half on a 13-2 run to take the lead just four minutes into the half and held for the win.

Madarious Gibbs added 15 points and five assists.

The Panthers (11-23) were led by 19 points from junior guard Montreal Scott.

The Panthers rallied late when Demondre Chapman cut to the basket and dunked to bring them within five 70-65 with a couple of minutes remaining.

Murray's block with 40 seconds to go sealed the victory.



 
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