Grambling wins 10th straight, beats Texas Southern 78-55

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HOUSTON (AP) — Ivy Smith Jr. had 22 points and seven rebounds on Monday night to help Grambling beat Texas Southern 78-55 for its 10th straight win.

Grambling (14-12, 10-3 Southwest Athletic Conference) took sole possession of first in the conference standings with Arkansas-Pine Bluff (9-4) dropping out after an 84-52 loss to Alcorn State on Monday night.

Axel Mpoyo added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Grambling, which led by as many as 25 in the first half and 41-19 at the break. Devante Jackson scored 12 and Shirmane Thomas 10.

Texas Southern had a 17-6 run to cut the deficit to 54-45 in the second half but got no closer. Grambling pulled away with nine straight points and led by no less than 15 from there.

Clark and jeggerson lead Texas Southern in a losing effort

Donte Clark had 19 points, Demontrae Jefferson scored 16 and Marquis Salmon added 10 for Texas Southern (7-18, 7-5).