GRAMBLING – Steadily building a 21-point lead beginning the fourth quarter Monday evening, the Grambling State Lady Tigers cruised to an 83-73 win over visiting Bethune-Cookman in a Southwestern Athletic Conference women’s basketball matchup.
Justice Coleman scored 20 and Ariel Williams posted 19, with six assists, for GSU (12-15, 9-7). Alexus Holt added 12 points at the Fred C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
The Lady Tigers won for the ninth time in 11 homecourt appearances this season.
Bethune-Cookman (5-21, 4-13) featured Morgan Beachum, who led everyone with 24 points.
BETHUNE-COOKMAN 69, GRAMBLING 63: In a contest with 11 lead changes, the G-Men (11-17, 9-7) lost their second straight home outing.
Cameron Christon scored 18, Prince Moss 14 and 12 came from A’mari McCray for the Tigers, who had an 11-point lead with 12:27 remaining. Bethune-Cookman (9-20, 7-10) went on a tear, creating a 19-point swing into an eight-point advantage eight minutes later.
Marcus Garrett’s 27 points for the visitors included 12 makes on 17 trips to the free throw line.
The games opened a busy final week of SWAC play. The Grambling teams hit the road to Alabama A&M Thursday and Alabama State on Saturday, hoping to raise their stock for the SWAC Tournament.