HUNTSVILLE (AP) - Evan Hilton had 20 points, one point shy of his career high, to lead Alabama A&M to a 64-61 win over Jackson State in a game both teams fought hard to win in the 2nd half, Thursday night at Elmore Gym.
The victory enabled the Bulldogs to tie Jackson State for 3rd place in the SWAC standings.
Desmond Jackson chipped in with 16 points, including a 4-for-7 mark from 3-point land. Mickell Gladness was one block and one rebound shy of his 7th double-double of the season with 9 blocks and 9 rebounds.
The Bulldogs led by as many nine points, 27-18, with just over four minutes remaining in the half, until the Tigers went on a 9-2 run to narrow that lead, 30-27 . Then A&M scored five unanswered points to head into the locker room with a 34-27 cushion.
A&M increased its advantage to 9 points, 37-28, in the 2nd half before JSU used a 9-3 run to take a 41-40 lead with 14:07 to play in regulation. After that, both teams tied each other on four occasions before the Bulldogs retook control of the game at 59-57 with 1:17 left.
The Tigers knotted the score twice more at 59-59 and 61-61 with :17 left, but a free-throw by Jonathan Belt and a pair from Hilton in the remaining seconds secured the win for the Bulldogs.
Darrion Griffin led Jackson State with 17 points. Jeremy Caldwell had 12 and a game-best 13 rebounds.
The Tigers outrebounded the Bulldogs 47-41, but hit just 30.2% from the floor and were 3-of-13 on their three-ponters.
The Bulldogs will wrap up the regular season, Saturday, when they host Grambling State.