Prairie View A&M moves into SWAC semis with 62-56 win

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HOUSTON (AP) Tre Hagood scored 20 points and Montrael Scott 19 to lead fourth-seeded Prairie View A&M to a 62-56 victory over fifth-seeded Jackson State on Thursday night in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament.

On Friday, the Panthers (15-17) will take on top-seeded Texas Southern in a semifinal.

Raeford Worsham had 16 points and 17 rebounds, his fourth double-double this season, for the Tigers (11-21). Janarius Middleton also scored 16 points and Derrell Taylor added 10.

The Panthers shot 51.9 percent in the first half to take a 35-26 lead with Hagood scoring 10 points. They built their lead to 11 with 16 minutes to go before Jackson State cut it to 55-52 with 2:28 left on Javeres Brent's jumper after the Panthers suffered through a 1-for-9 stretch from the field. But a basket from Hagood and five Panthers free throws offset two baskets from Taylor down the stretch.

Prairie View entered the tournament having gone 8-1 during the second half of conference play.