BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Trey Johnson scored 32 points and Julius Young had a key basket and blocked shot in Jackson State's 64-62 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Friday in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament semifinals.
Young's jump shot with 1:57 left gave Jackson State (20-13) the lead for good, at 63-62. He then blocked a layup attempt by Larry Williams and grabbed the rebound.
Jackson State will face Mississippi Valley State Saturday for the championship and an automatic NCAA tournament berth.
The Tigers grabbed two offensive rebounds to keep a possession alive, forcing Pine Bluff (12-19) to foul three consecutive times before finally sending Johnson to the free throw line with 14 seconds left.
He missed the foul shot and Pine Bluff's Terrance Calvin grabbed the rebound but was called for an offensive foul with 6 seconds to play.
Darrion Griffin made 1-of-2 free throws and Johnson stole the ball at the buzzer to keep Pine Bluff from getting a potential tying or winning shot off.
Grant Maxey added 11 points for Jackson State.
Johnson made 13-of-27 shots while his teammates were a combined 9-of-30.