Texas Southern beats Mount St. Mary’s 60-52 in NCAA opener

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Mount St. Mary's forward Nana Opoku (22) shoots while being defended by Texas Southern forward John Walker III, left, and guard Michael Weathers (20) during the second half of a First Four game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Thursday, March 18, 2021, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

By MICHAEL MAROT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — John Walker III scored a season-high 19 points and Jordan Gilliam had 12 to help Texas Southern erase a 10-point halftime deficit and beat Mount St. Mary’s 60-52 in the first NCAA Tournament game in nearly two years. It’s the second straight First Four victory for the Tigers, who also won in 2018. They will face top-seeded Michigan on Saturday. Damian Chong Qui scored 14 points and Mezie Offurum had 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Mountaineers, who fell to 1-9 in tourney play.