NORMAL, Ala. -- Aaron Clayborn scored 18 points and Texas Southern held off Alabama A&M 64-62 Saturday.
The Tigers (14-14, 13-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference) led 58-46 with 7:56 remaining, but allowed eight consecutive points over the ensuing 2 1/2 minutes. Omar Strong ended the run with a layup for a 59-56 advantage with 3:34 left.
After a Bulldogs' layup made it 59-58, Texas Southern ran off four straight points for a 63-58 lead with 2:02 left.
Alabama A&M's Nicholas West hit 1 of 2 free throws to make it 63-62 with 9 seconds remaining. The Tigers' Law Johnson-Danner grabbed the rebound from the miss, was fouled and hit 1 of 2 at the line to end the scoring.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.