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Grambling State Tigers Take on #1 Purdue Boilermakers in NCAA Tournament Showdown

Opening tip-off, it’s clear that this will be a hard-fought battle

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As the Tigers from Grambling State step onto the court to face off against the mighty Purdue Boilermakers, they know they are the underdogs. But they are not deterred. With a roster filled with talent, heart, and determination, the Tigers are ready to leave it all on the court and showcase the strength of HBCU basketball.

Opening tip-off, it’s clear that this will be a hard-fought battle. The Purdue Boilermakers, boasting a formidable lineup and a #1 seed, come out strong, showcasing their size, speed, and precision. But the Tigers refuse to be intimidated. Led by their seasoned coach and fueled by the support of their fans, they match Purdue basket for basket, steal for steal, refusing to let up for a moment.

At HBCU Original, we salute the Grambling State University Tigers for their valiant effort and their commitment to excellence on and off the court. Their journey in the NCAA Tournament serves as a reminder of the resilience, determination, and spirit that define the legacy of HBCU athletics. Go Tigers!

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2024 HBCU All-Star Game: Team Ben Wallace defeats Team Rick Mahorn

The third-ever HBCU All-Star Game was a tightly contested affair Sunday in Phoenix

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The third annual HBCU All-Star game delivered numerous highlights and standout individual performances on Sunday in Phoenix as the two teams representing the nation’s best players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities put on a show in a high-scoring affair. Team Ben Wallace overcame an 11-point first half deficit to defeat Team Rick Mahorn 108-97.

Team Wallace’s Dhashon Dyson scored a team-high 19 points and was named MVP of the game. Jaylen Alston scored 16 points and Jeremiah Kendall added 14 in the comeback win. In total, six players from Team Wallace finished in double figures.

Team Wallace was coached by Texas Southern’s Johnny Jones and Lincoln’s Jason Armstrong. The team featured players from the Southwestern Athletic Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

“Real excited for these young men,” Jones told CBS on the postgame broadcast. “I thought both teams played extremely hard. I thought it was a great show for the fans. I thought our guys did a much better job of sharing the basketball in the second half and locking in on the defensive end. … That was a big difference in this game.”

Team Mahorn’s Christian Brown scored 21 points and Fred Cleveland Jr. added 20. Team Mahorn was coached by North Carolina Central’s LeVelle Moton and Clark Atlanta’s Alfred Jordan. The team was comprised of  members from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Independent All-Stars from Tennessee State and Hampton.

Team Mahorn and Team Wallace combined to shoot 30 of 88 from distance. Cleveland knocked down a game-high six 3-pointers.

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Jackson State Women Basketball falls To U Conn in NCAA Tournament

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Ti’Ian Boler scored 25 points and Angel Jackson had 13 for 14th seeded Jackson State (26-7), which lost for the first time in 22 games.

The Tigers’ Miya Crump opened the game with a jumper and Jackson State led briefly at 4-2.

But Bueckers sparked a 17-0 Husky run by scoring eight of UConn’s first 10 points. She gave Connecticut its first lead at 5-4 on an up-and-under layup and foul shot.

UConn led 22-8 after 10 minutes, and took its first 20-point lead at 39-19 on a 3-pointer from Bueckers, who also pulled down 11 rebounds and had seven assists in the game.

“Paige, when she starts off like that, it makes everybody feel a lot more confident,” Auriemma said. “They can breath a little bit easier knowing that she’s pretty much taken control of the game.”

Boler’s 3-pointer from the right corner at the buzzer sent the teams into the half with UConn leading 49-28.

A 3-pointer from Nika Muhl as the third quarter expired put the Huskies up 72-50 and Connecticut cruised from there.

UConn shot 50% from the field and finished with nine 3-pointers, five of them from Shade.

“It was such a surreal moment to be out there,” the freshman said of her first NCAA Tournament game. ”It was just really exciting.”

The Huskies improved to 13-1 in games played on their coach’s birthday.

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Jackson State: This was the Tigers’ third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four years. They have never advanced past the first round, but coach Tomekia Reed said is was proud of how her team has represented historically black schools.

“I not only wanted to put out university on the map, I wanted to put HBCUs on the map,” she said. “We have such a special community that a lot of people overlook. We have a community that is not built on wins and losses, but is built on community and love.”

UConn: The Huskies have appeared in 35 straight NCAA Tournaments and are 31-2 in first-round games. They last lost an opening round contest in 1993, when they fell by three points to Louisville in Storrs. … This is the 27th time the Huskies have won 30 games in a season.

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