Texas Southern shoots 55 percent, downs MVSU 98-67

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MOOREHEAD, Miss. (AP) David Blanks and Orlando Coleman scored 17 points apiece and Texas Southern rolled past MVSU 98-67 on Saturday to stay atop the Southwestern Athletic Conference standings.

Derrick Griffin scored 13 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Malcolm Riley added 13 for the Tigers (13-12, 12-1), who shot 55 percent from the field in winning their third straight. Chris Thomas, Jose Rodriguez and Tyree Bynum scored 11 apiece for Texas Southern.

Leading 48-33 at halftime, the Tigers pulled ahead by 32 points after David Blanks' layup that capped a 13-3 run. The Tigers' biggest lead of the game, 83-50, came on Griffin's free throw and Texas Southern continued to cruise.

The Tigers outrebounded the Delta Devils 38-28 and outscored them 38-24 in the paint.

Marcus Romain led MVSU (5-23, 5-9) with 23 points and Isaac Williams added 20.