GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — Grambling State closed out a winless regular season with a 74-62 loss to Alabama State on Saturday night.
The Tigers head into the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament 0-27 and 0-18 in SWAC play. Two seasons ago, Grambing State played in the conference title game.
Phillip Crawford and Shawntez Patterson scored 20 points apiece for Alabama State.
Alabama State (10-21, 8-10) beat Grambling 69-56 on Jan. 4. This time, the Hornets took a 31-25 halftime lead, then outscored the Tigers 43-37 in the second half.
Crawford's 20 points came on 10-of-14 shooting from the field. Patterson made 6 of 12 field goal attempts, including three 3-pointers. Denzel McDaniel added 10 points.
Terry Rose, Grambling State's leading scorer, scored 19 points. He hit 8 of 14 shots from the floor.
Demetri Wheeler added 11 points and Peter Roberson 10.
Alabama State shot 45.6 percent (26 of 57) to Grambling State's 36.5 percent (23 of 63). The Hornets made 17 of 27 foul shots, the Tigers 12 of 22.