- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. (AP) - Grant Maxey scored 15 points and Jackson State opened the second half with 16 unanswered points to defeat Prairie View A&M; 66-53 Friday in the semifinals of the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament.

The Tigers (18-14), who have won 17 of their past 19 games after starting the season 1-12, earned their third straight trip to the final.

Jackson State, the No. 2 seed, will face the winner of the Alabama State-Arkansas-Pine Bluff game in Saturday’s championship game.

The third-seeded Panthers (17-16) used a 14-0 run in the first half to take a 21-9 lead. The Tigers rallied to tie the game at 33 at halftime, then used a 16-0 spurt to lead 49-33 with 12:55 left. The Panthers could get no closer than eight the rest of the game, snapping their four-game winning streak.

Jacoie Shivers led Prairie View A&M; with 12 points.

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