HOUSTON -- Travele Jones scored 18 points to lead Texas Southern past Alabama State 73-59 Monday night.
Tramaine Butler led the Hornets (6-16, 3-6) with 17 points.
Texas Southern took control of this one early by quickly building double-digit lead and shot 51 percent in winning for the eighth time in nine games.
The Tigers led 12-0 2:49 into the game, went into halftime up 41-32 and led by 18 after intermission.
Alabama State got as close as four twice in the first half and cut the gap to 43-35 early in the second, but Texas Southern responded with a 12-2 run and led by double digits the rest of the way.