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by: Kris Gardner, United States Basketball Writers Association member. Credentialed media member since 1997. USBWA approved online journalist. Voter of Lowe's Senior CLASS, Naismith, USBWA, and Wooden awards.

Texas Southern defeats Arkansas-Pine Bluff to win 2018 SWAC Tournament Championship

Updated: March 10, 2018 -- 10:02 pm CST.

HOUSTON, TX (Delmar Fieldhouse) -- For the second consecutive season (and fourth in 5 seasons), Mike Davis and his Texas Southern Tigers' men's basketball teams are going to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers defeated top-seed Arkansas-Pine Bluff 84-69 Saturday afternoon.

2018 SWAC Championship Final: Texas Southern 84, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 69.

The Tigers (15-19) led for nearly 39 minutes of the ball game.

Texas Southern led Arkansas-Pine Bluff 11-8 at the game's first media timeout. Then, the Tigers went on an 11-3 run to lead the Golden Lions 22-11.

The Golden Lions' outscored the Tigers 19-12 to pull within four (34-30) of the Tigers; but, Texas Southern outscored UAPB 11-6 the final 4:29 of the half to lead 45-36 at halftime.

The Tigers shot 60 percent (15/25 field goals) in the first half -- including 7/15 on three-point shots -- and 8 for 10 from the foul line. UAPB shot 41.4 percent (12/29 field goals) -- 3 for 6 threes -- and 9/14 free throws.  UAPB's Travon Harper scored a game-high 15 points. while Derrick Bruce's 13 points led the Tigers.

TSU led 55-44 with 15:37 remaining in the ball game; but, Arkansas-Pine Bluff went on an 8-0 run to cut TSU's lead to 55-52. with 12:50 left in the 2nd half.

Leading 59-57, guard Robert Lewis knocked down a clutch three-point shot which started a 7-0 Texas Southern 7-0 run to stretch the lead to 66-57. UAPB was scoreless last 3:23.

Minutes later, Lewis knocked down his second three-point basket to put the Tigers up 73-61.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (14-20) went cold -- missing 12 of 13 field goal attempts which helped the Tigers put the game away.

7'2" Trayvon Reed scored a team-high 17 points for the Tigers. Reed also blocked four shots and grabbed 10 rebounds. Guard Trae Jefferson scored 15 points. Jefferson was a perfect 11 for 11 from the foul line. He also pulled down 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Jefferson was named Most Valuable Player of the SWAC Tournament.

Donte' Clark scored 14 points and handed out 6 assists before fouling out and guard Derrick Bruce scored 13 points; pulled down 4 rebounds and served up 6 assists.

Travon Harper scored a game-high 21 points for the Golden Lions. SWAC Player of the Year, Martaveous McKnight scored 17 points; and, Christian Robertson added 11 points.

Texas Southern shot 59.1% (26 for 44) from the floor while Arkansas-Pine Bluff shot 39.7% (25 for 63) from the floor.

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SWAC All-Tournament Team:

Trae Jefferson, Texas Southern (SWAC Men’s Tournament Most Valuable Player)
Donte Clark, Texas Southern
Travon Harper, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Martaveous McKnight, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Gary Blackston, Prairie View A&M

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