Arkansas-Pine Bluff has handled it before — a home game that comes down to the final seconds.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff has handled it before — a home game that comes down to the final seconds.

So, when Mitchell Anderson hit two free throws with 17.1 seconds left and Prairie View A&M came up empty on its final possession, the Golden Lions escaped again. This time, it was a 61-58 victory Monday night at H.O. Clemmons Arena, the fifth straight time UAPB (7-21, 6-9 SWAC) has won a game by six or fewer points. Overall, it ended a two-game losing streak.

Anderson totaled 24 points and 15 rebounds, grabbing eight boards off the offensive glass. He also had two blocks and converted of 10 free throws.

“For a wingman to get a double-double, that shows he’s really getting out and making a lot of things happen,” Lions coach George Ivory said. Anderson said the rebounding put him in position to have a strong game.

“As long as I rebound, everything is going to come into play,” he said. “… The key thing tonight was rebounds.” Said Prairie View coach Byron Rimm II of the 6-foot-7 swingman: “He’s kind of an in-between guy. You don’t know if you want to put a big (man) on him or a guard on him. He did a really good job of crashing the boards and had some great dunks out there. He’s an athletic guy.”

UAPB had a 50-34 rebounding advantage over Prairie View (11-16, 7-7). Rontrell Bailey and Daniel Broughton each gave the Golden Lions nine rebounds, while no one for the Panthers had more than six.

Anderson had 18 points and nine boards in the second half and scored the first two baskets of the period after the Lions trailed 31-30. UAPB led by as many as seven points before Ryan Gesiakowski converted two buckets to cap a 9-0 Prairie View run with 11:01 left. The Panthers last led 49-48, but the Lions kept drawing fouls and slowly pulled out to a 59-52 lead with 2:24 to go.

That’s when the Panthers creeped up one more time. Jules Montgomery made a hook shot and Jourdan DeMuynck hit four straight free throws to get the Panthers within 59-58 with 1:05 to go. Prairie View successfully contested two UAPB layup attempts, and DeMuynck was sent to the line again as he was fouled going to the hole. This time, DeMuynck missed both shots, and Anderson extended the lead a half-second later with two foul shots.

Louis Munks’ three-point attempt hit the back of the rim, and UAPB’s Savalace Townsend grabbed the rebound just before the buzzer.

Townsend, the SWAC’s leading scorer, was held to six points and six rebounds on 3-of-8 shooting, but he was bothered by what Ivory called a hyperextension of the knee from Saturday’s 84-65 loss to Texas Southern. The senior did finish with four assists.

“I thought he did a great flow job (Monday), running the team and getting people in position to score, ” Ivory said. Lazabian Jackson added 13 points and Broughton seven for UAPB. Gesiakowski led Prairie View with 16 points, Munks followed with 10, and Ronald Wright and Demondre Chapman each poured in eight.

LION NOTES: UAPB matched its win total from last season (7-24). … Broughton, who has been saddled with foul troubles throughout the season, didn’t commit a foul until the 4:19 mark of the first half, but he was disqualified after 23 minutes of action. … Prairie View struggled from the foul line, hitting 11 of 23 (47.8 percent), and was only 20 for 58 from the floor for 34.5 percent. UAPB hit 17 of 27 free throws (63 percent) and 20 of 55 from the floor (36.4 percent) after making 12 of 26 (46.2 percent) in the first half. … Attendance was 2,801.