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.