HOUSTON — Demontrae Jefferson scored 23 points and Texas Southern picked up its third conference win, holding on in the face of a late rally to secure a 100-94 victory over Prairie View A&M on Saturday night.
Derrick Bruce added 22 points for the Tigers (3-13, 3-0). Marquis Salmon had 15 points and 12 rebounds, Donte Clark had 14 points and seven rebounds and Lamont Walker chipped in 12 points.
Texas Southern led by as many as nine points, 32-23, with 4:08 to play in the half and had a 41-37 edge at the break.
The Tigers led throughout the second half and a jumper by Walker gave the Tigers their biggest lead of the game, 86-57, with 6:33 to play. A rally by Prairie View during the final two minutes cut the lead to five points, 99-94, with three seconds left.
Gary Blackston scored 24 points for the Panthers (5-12, 2-1).