LORMAN, Miss. -- Troy Thompson led five players in double figures with 20 points, collected six rebounds and had blocked three shots and Prairie View A&M beat Alcorn State 79-69 on Thursday night.
The Panthers are locked in a three-way tie for second in the Southwestern Athletic Conference with Texas Southern and Arkansas-Pine Bluff a game behind league-leader Grambling.
Prairie View (14-17, 11-6) built a 20-9 advantage before Alcorn State reeled off eight straight to reduce its deficit to three with 4:08 before halftime. The Panthers then went on a 15-3 run and led 35-20 at intermission.
A.J. Mosby's layup with 6:18 left brought Alcorn State within 58-51 but it couldn't draw closer from there.
The rebuilding Wildcats are set to raise the 2018 national championship banner next week and also lower expectations for the season to come after multiple NBA departures.
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