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HOUSTON – D’Aris Scarver scored 21 points and D’Angelo Scott grabbed 17 rebounds as Texas Southern walloped a back-pedaling Alabama State 86-66 on Saturday night.
Alabama State (15-11, 9-6 SWAC) fell behind by 24 points with 11:02 remaining and narrowed the gap only slightly after that. Luther Page scored 14 points for the Hornets.
Texas Southern (13-14, 9-6) moved in to a tie for second with the Hornets in the SWAC with three conference games to play.
SWAC allowed to change
NCAA qualification policy
BIRMINGHAM – The NCAA has approved the SWAC’s request to change its automatic qualification policy this year for the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.
Under the ruling announced Saturday, Grambling State, Mississippi Valley State, Southern and Arkansas-Pine Bluff, ineligible for the NCAA tournaments because of Academic Progress Rates restrictions — will be allowed to play in the conference tournaments.
The top eligible team in each of conference tournaments will receive the automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. If there is a tie, the automatic berth will go to the highest-seeded team.
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