Jackson State holds off Alabama State 67-64

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP)—Darrion Griffin scored 22 points to lead Jackson State to a 67-64 victory over Alabama State on Thursday night.

The Tigers (15-14, 14-3 Southwestern Athletic Conference) won for the 10th time in 11 games and snapped Alabama State’s nine-game winning streak. The Hornets (18-9, 15-2) have clinched a share of the conference title with one regular-season game remaining.

Jackson State and Alabama State split the regular-season meetings.

Griffin’s layup gave Jackson State a 65-62 lead with 1:26 remaining in the game. Griffin and Jeremy Caldwell, who had 11 points and 10 rebounds, added free throws for a 67-62 advantage with 5 seconds left.

Grant Maxey had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Rod Melvin scored 11 points for Jackson State.

Brandon Brooks scored 15, Andrew Hayles had 12 and Roland Fitch added 11 points for Alabama State.

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