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GRAM wins first regular season title in 30 years

Release: 03/03/2018

MONTGOMERY, ALA. – It has been 30 years since the last time the Grambling State University men’s basketball team won the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) regular season crown.

The Tigers won’t have to share the title with anyone either as Grambling State won the championship outright with a 66-64 victory over Alabama State on Saturday night at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.

Grambling State (17-14 overall, 13-5 SWAC) captured its first SWAC regular season crown since the 1988-89 season, and also picked up its first winning record since the 2005-06 campaign.

The Tigers and Hornets were locked at 38 at the half, but Grambling State outscored Alabama State, 28-26, in the second half to pick up the victory.

Ivy Smith, Jr. paced the Tigers offense with 17 points, six rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block. Shirmane Thomas chipped in 14 points, six assists, one block and one steal, while DeVante Jackson registered 13 points and six rebounds.

Reginald Gee led Alabama State (8-22, 8-10 SWAC) with 16 points, five rebounds and two blocks. Terrance Leflore added 12 points, three rebounds and three assists, while Rodney Simeon tallied 11 points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist.

--Grambling State Sports Information