Grambling State beats Alabama A&M 81-78 in OT to open SWAC

GRAMBLING, La. (AP) Mark Gray and Nigel Ribeiro scored 18 points apiece and Grambling State beat Alabama A&M 81-78 in overtime in a Southwestern Athletic Conference opener on Saturday night.

Grambling State (3-9, 1-0) outscored Alabama A&M 9-4 in overtime to snap its four-game skid.

Deonte Hearns scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Remond Brown added 15 points for the Tigers.

The Tigers led by as many as seven points three times during the second half, the latest at the 11:49-mark.

Alabama A&M used a 13-4 spurt to take its first lead of the second half, 62-60 with six minutes left. Arnold Richmond made a pair of free throws to it at 62, and neither team held more than a two-point lead to force overtime.

Audrisha Williams scored 19 points to lead Alabama A&M (4-6, 0-1). Ebony Johnson chipped in 11 points with 12 rebounds.

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