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“(Getting off to a fast start) was really important for the standpoint of relaxing our guys,” Davis said. “I knew once we got the lead it was going to be very difficult for us not to win the game if we made our free throws.”

Texas Southern made 22 of 27 free throws as part of its strong second half to seal the game.

The Panthers started the second half by hitting just three of their first 12 shots.

“Legs, I think it was legs,” said Prairie View coach Byron Rimm II when asked what the difference was for his team that was playing their fourth game in five days.

“The guys were so amped up for this TSU game. … To play four games in five days I don’t think many teams can do that. We fought were right there and I’m very proud of them.”