A&M earned the win without the help of its two top scorers,
Joseph Jones and Acie Law. Jones left early in the first half with
an apparent ankle injury, while Law left the game early in the
second half after taking an elbow to the head and hitting the floor
Grambling State (2-3) used a strong full-court press early in
the first half to jump out to a quick 9-7 lead over A&M.
It didn't take A&M (6-0) long to adjust however, going on a 16-4
run, while the Grambling State offense went on a seven minute
drought without a field goal.
Grambling State's offense sparked before the half, led by Brion
Rush, to pull the team within 10 points of A&M. Rush finished the
night with 28 points and four rebounds.
Grambling State kept pace with A&M in the second half, but was
never able to come any closer than nine points to A&M's lead, which
came midway through the second half on four consecutive
three-pointers by Grambling State's Andre Ratliff.
Ratliff finished the night with 19 points, including going 5-8
from three-point range.