Northwestern St. edges Grambling State 83-79

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GRAMBLING, La. (AP)—Damon Jones scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Northwestern State held off Grambling State 83-79 on Wednesday night.

The Demons (6-4) scored six unanswered points in the first minute of the second half to break a halftime tie at 38. Northwestern State led by as many as 12 points, at 71-59 with 5:38 left. The Tigers (2-7) cut the gap to six points with 1:43 remaining, but could draw no closer until a 3-pointer by Donald Qualls one second before the buzzer.

Northwestern State scored 52 points in the paint compared to just 24 for Grambling. The Tigers had more chances at the free-throw line, but were 27 of 42 (64.3 percent) while the Demons made 16 of 27.

Devin White added 18 points for the Demons and William Mosley had 11 rebounds.

Andrew Prestley scored 22 points, Qualls added 19 and Ibrahim Kpaka had 10 for the Tigers.

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