Trey Johnson scored 33 points to lead Jackson State to an 81-71 win over Mississippi Valley State tonight for the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament title.
The win sends the Tigers into the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven years.
Johnson also passed Lindsey Hunter on the school's single-season scoring list, raising his total to 922.
After Jackson State squandered a 16-point halftime lead, Johnson saved the Tigers by scoring seven points in a two-minute span.
Mississippi Valley State battled back in the second half behind the shooting of Tychicus Snow.
After going 0-for-3 from the field in the first half, Snow sank three consecutive 3-pointers in a two-minute span and five after halftime.