GARLAND, Texas (AP) - Justin Patton scored 25 points to lead Grambling State to a 65-62 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Thursday in the first round of the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament.
Donald Qualls added 14 points and Lance Feurtado had 11 for the sixth-seeded Tigers (11-20), who will face No. 2 seed Jackson State in the semifinals Friday.
Paul Crosby scored 16 points for the Delta Devils (13-19) and Terrence Joyner had 12.
Grambling State shot just 33.3% (18 of 54) and allowed MVSU to shoot 45.1% (23 of 51) but overcame its poor performance from the field by outscoring the Delta Devils 26-10 at the foul line. Patton scored 13 of his points on free throws.
The Tigers also committed just six turnovers while scoring 15 points off MVSU's 14 giveaways.
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