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Southern beats Jackson State 69-63 in SWAC quarterfinal

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Jared Sam grabbed 11 rebounds and scored 22 points, including a go-ahead free throw late, and third-seeded Southern rallied to beat Jackson State 69-63 in Tuesday night's Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal.

The Jaguars (15-17) will play in Friday's semifinal against No. 2 Alcorn State (17-13), which beat No. 7 Mississippi Valley State (7-25) 63-60 on Tuesday.

LaQuentin Collins hit a 3, Sam added a jumper, and Southern rallied from a 34-25 halftime deficit to a 42-41 lead with 13:02 to play. After two lead changes, Sam hit a go-ahead free throw and Southern led 62-58 on Chris Thomas' free throws with 1:31 to go. Sam hit five more from the line down the stretch to seal it.

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Leaders
Points: Y. Specks14.6
Rebounds: J. Middleton8.1
Assists: Y. Specks2.7
FG%: No qualifiers
FT%: Y. Specks85.5%
3P%: Y. Specks32.7%
Steals: P. Collins2.1
Blocks: D. Roscoe0.9
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 North Carolina33-7
6 Kentucky32-6
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-5
9 Oregon33-6
10 Louisville25-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 North Carolina33-7
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Oregon33-6
4 Kansas31-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 South Carolina26-11
7 Arizona32-5
8 Villanova32-4
9 UCLA31-5
10 Florida27-9
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Southwestern Athletic Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Texas Southern 16-2 23-12
Alcorn State 13-5 18-14
Grambling State 10-8 16-17
Southern University 10-8 15-18
Jackson State 10-8 14-18
Prairie View A&M 10-8 13-20
Mississippi Valley State 7-11 7-25
Alabama State 6-12 8-23
UAPB 6-12 7-25
Alabama A&M 2-16 2-27
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