The Cinderella waltz continued for eighth seeded Prairie View A&M University on Friday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The Panthers hung on for a 55-49 win over Alabama A&M.
Trailing 33-22 at the half, the AAMU Bulldogs slowly chipped away at the Prairie View lead. Despite shooting 27 percent from the floor in second half, the Bulldogs were helped by the equally poor shooting of Prairie View (27.8%). From beyond the arc, the numbers got even worse as the two teams combined for 2 of 24.
PVAMU Head coach Byron Rimm II was proud of his team's effort.
It's a rocky road, up and down, not a spring, it's a marathon," said Rimm in the postgame press conference. "We'll have to shoot better if we want to beat Texas Southern."
With thirty seconds to play, AAMU had whittled the lead to four ( 51-47) behind the free throw shooting of Nicholas West. The smooth shooting big man hit six of eight free throws. The Panthers were not to let the game slip away though as Montrael Scott and Louis Munks sealed rairie View's win hitting four of six free throws in the final twenty five seconds.
"I told the guys to keep their composure," continued Rimm. "We've been here before against Alcorn State and Alabama State."
The win moved the Panthers into the title game for the first time since 1998.
Tip-off against Texas Southern is slated for 3:30p.m. CT on ESPN2.