The long nightmare is over for Grambling State.
The Tigers finally snapped their 45-game losing streak against Division I opponents, as ESPN Stats & Info pointed out:
Grambling State: snaps 45-game losing streak vs Division I opponents with win vs Alcorn State— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 11, 2014
In even better news for Grambling State, the victory came in a Southwestern Athletic Conference showdown against Alcorn State. The game wasn’t even that close, as the Tigers controlled the pace of play throughout the contest and won 95-80.
Junior A’Torri Shine led the way with 19 points, Terry Rose added 18 points, Antwan Scott scored 16 points and eight rebounds, and Remond Brown finished with 12 points.
The main difference in the game was the Tigers’ red-hot mark from behind the three-point line, as they went 12-of-20 from downtown as part of a 61 percent shooting clip from the field.
Grambling State was also impressive at the free-throw line, where it finished 21-of-25.
LeAntwan Luckett led Alcorn State with 20 points, but it is probably of little consolation considering his squad is the first Division I team to fall victim to the Tigers since Alabama A&M on March 3, 2012.
Matt Norlander of CBS Sports, perhaps with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek, points out that it was the biggest win of the night in college basketball:
Biggest W of the night: Grambling State beats Alcorn State, wins a D-I game for the first time in 710 days.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) February 11, 2014
Grambling State does have one other victory on its resume for the 2013-14 season, but that came against Central Baptist, which is not in Division I.
The Tigers will look to stretch their new winning streak to two games the next time out against Texas Southern. Texas Southern is 9-13 on the season, so it’s not an impossible task.
Still, considering Grambling State just beat its first Division I team in 45 tries, it may be a bit much to ask for a second straight victory.