Endings like this might be getting a little old for Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Endings like this might be getting a little old for Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Once ahead by 11 points, the Golden Lions went on a long shooting spell and Quincy Roberts scored 18 of his game-high 24 points in the second half to lead Grambling State to a 60-55 victory over UAPB on Saturday night at H.O. Clemmons Arena. It’s the fifth time UAPB (2-19, 1-7 SWAC) has lost a conference game by six or fewer points this season.

“We just missed some shots that we normally make,” UAPB coach George Ivory said. “We can’t miss layups and wide-open jump shots. I think that’s what hurt us in that (10-minute) stretch. We just didn’t make shots.”

The Lions did not shoot well from the floor as a team (22 of 60 for 36.7 percent) or at the line (11 of 18 for 61.1 percent). The Lions also were 0 for 16 from the three-point arc.

“You’ve got to attack the three-point basket when the shot’s not falling,” Ivory said. “… I think we set back and relied on the three-point shot too much.”

The Lions dropped this contest to a team that’s “getting by,” as Grambling State coach Bobby Washington put it, with five scholarship players and six walk-ons. Grambling State and Southern are ineligible for the SWAC tournament this season for posting low Academic Progress Rates.

Two more Tigers missed Saturday’s game with injuries, Washington said. But Roberts, a junior transfer from St. John’s who averaged 24.0 points per game in his previous 10 outings this season, has been a bright spot for the Tigers (3-15, 3-5).

“That’s the first night a team has doubled him, face-guarded him and all those things, and he handled it pretty darn well,” Washington said. “He kept his wits, he didn’t get too rattled, and he was able to make plays for us down the stretch.”

UAPB guard Lazabian Jackson took the challenge of guarding against Roberts in a box-and-1 defense. When Roberts drove to the basket, the Lions double- and triple-teamed him, but had little success.

The Lions led 43-32 with 16:44 left, but Roberts scored nine points during a 14-0 Tigers run over the next 10:21. His three-ball with 7:08 left gave the Tigers their first lead since the 8:00 mark of the first half.

“I thought they did a good job focusing on me, playing defense on me, but my teammates helped me find a way and I made it happen the second half,” Roberts said.

Roberts hit 13 of 19 free throws. Among his misses were two technical shots before the opening tip-off because UAPB’s backboard lights were not functioning, which resulted in a “Class B” penalty, according to the public address.

That wasn’t the only hiccup of the game. An inadvertent whistle was blown with 1:09 left in the game and 5 seconds left on the shot clock, Grambling State ahead 50-48 with the ball. Roberts blew a layup off the inbound, but the Tigers got possession back after a charge by Clay Johnson with 58.9 seconds left.

Rondale Livas made a layup with 41 ticks left, and for some reason the tenths digit was taken off the scoreboard. Jackson then lost the ball out of bounds, and David Copeland hit two Grambling State free throws to make it a 54-48 game — as half of the crowd filed out of the arena. Savalace Townsend, the SWAC’s official scoring leader at 17.5 ppg going into the game, completed a three-point play at the 26-second mark, but the clock inadvertently ran down to 5 seconds left. The clock, somehow, was reset to 31 seconds, 5 more seconds than needed.

“We noticed a couple of mistakes during the game. I think it was three times when our guy was at the free-throw line, when the ball got in his hands, they just (sounded the horn) but never did it to the home school. … I just know those things like that can’t continue to happen and someone not question.”

Rivas then made two free throws and Jackson converted a layup to make it 56-53 with 26 seconds left again. Grambling State hit its next four free throws, with UAPB only getting within 58-55 on an Anderson putback with 8 seconds left.

Townsend had only 11 points, going 4 for 15 from the field, and six rebounds. Anderson led UAPB with 12 points, going 6 for 7 from the floor, and had five rebounds, Jackson had eight points and Broughton scored seven.

Grambling State wasn’t much better in field goals, going 17 of 45 for 37.8 percent, but hit 3 of 8 threes and 23 of 32 free throws (71.9 percent).

For Grambling State, Livas scored 12 points and Peter Roberson added eight.