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Sat. 11/29
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Texas Southern tops Alabama St. in SWAC semi 73-61

HOUSTON (AP) Aaric Murray scored 16 points - all but one after halftime - D.D. Scarver added 14 and Madarious Gibbs 12 as second-seeded Texas Southern bolted to an early lead and defeated the No. 3 seed Alabama State 73-61 in a Southwest Conference tournament semifinal on Friday.

The Tigers (18-14), winners of eight in a row, advance to Saturday's title game.

After gaining the lead for good just six minutes in, Texas Southern survived 18 turnovers, and nine Alabama State steals to lead comfortably throughout, shooting 50 percent. Scarver, a freshman who didn't play until February, scored 11 after halftime with eight rebounds. Gibbs scored 10 in the second half with seven assists.

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Leaders
Points: J. Waters14.1
Rebounds: M. Strong6.7
Assists: J. Waters6.1
FG%: No qualifiers
FT%: J. Waters76.5%
3P%: No qualifiers
Steals: J. Waters1.8
Blocks: M. Strong1.0
Southwestern Athletic Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Southern University 15-3 19-13
Alabama State 12-6 19-13
Texas Southern 12-6 19-15
UAPB 11-7 13-18
Alabama A&M 10-8 14-16
Alcorn State 9-9 12-19
Jackson State 7-11 11-20
Prairie View A&M 6-12 11-23
Mississippi Valley State 5-13 9-23
Grambling State 3-15 5-24
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 70.8 (187)
Rebounds: 13.3 (28)
Assists: 13.0 (148)
FG%: 41.9% (288)
FT%: 67.6% (254)
3P%: 28.6% (344)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 69.5 (158)
Rebounds: 22.9 (253)
Assists: 12.0 (137)
FG%: 44.4% (209)
FT%: 69.5% (152)
3P%: 31.4% (41)
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Florida36-3
2 Wichita State35-1
3 Virginia30-7
4 Arizona33-5
5 Louisville31-6
6 Villanova29-5
7 Michigan28-9
8 Duke26-9
9 Iowa State28-8
10 Kansas25-10
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Connecticut32-8
2 Kentucky29-11
3 Florida36-3
4 Wisconsin30-8
5 Arizona33-5
6 Michigan28-9
7 Wichita State35-1
8 Michigan State29-9
9 Louisville31-6
10 Virginia30-7
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