- Associated Press - Monday, February 27, 2017

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - Paris Collins scored 16 points and Yettra Specks and Derek Roscoe added 13 each as Jackson State led wire-to-wire in a 62-51defeat of Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday night.

Jackson State (12-17, 8-8) rebounded from a weekend loss and moved closer to earning the No. 4 seed into the upcoming Southwest Athletic Conference Tournament. The Tigers are in a three-way tie for the fourth spot in the SWAC with Grambling and Prairie View A&M.;

Jackson State made 21 of 37 free throws as Arkansas-Pine Bluff was called for 27 fouls.

Janarius Middleton scored on a putback and a jumper to stake Jackson State to a quick 4-0 lead and the Tigers led by as many as 13 on their way to a 30-19 halftime lead. The Tigers bumped the lead to 20 points six times in the second half.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (7-24, 6-11) is on a five-game skid with a game left at Mississippi Valley State, which downed Jackson State on Saturday. Devin Berry and Jaquan Lynch led with 10 points each.

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