Howard's layup put Jackson State up 42-38 with 10:55 remaining and after Jordan Berry gave the Tigers a 48-43 lead with just less than six minutes left, Howard added another 3 to make it 51-45 three minutes later.
On UAPB's final possession, Martaveous McKnight took an inbounds pass at midcourt but his contested last-second heave bounced off the front of the rim.
Maurice Rivers chipped in eight points and nine rebounds for Jackson State (12-17, 9-7 Southwestern Athletic Conference). Collins, Howard and Rivers combined to grab all but six of the Tigers' 37 rebounds, while Collins had four -- and Rivers three -- of JSU's 10 steals.
Travon Harper led UAPB (11-20, 11-6) with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Harding scores 31 in debut as Weber St. beats San Jose St.
Jerrick Harding was stellar in his season debut, scoring 31 points to lead Weber State to an 85-77 victory over San Jose State on Thursday night in the first round of the Junkanoo Jam.
Samuels finishes slam
TCU's Kevin Samuel is the finisher on Alex Robinson's lob in the paint for TCU.
No. 12 Kansas State hopes to slow down Eastern Kentucky
Playing styles will clash in the Paradise Jam tournament Friday night in the Virgin Islands. Eastern Kentucky will pit its 86-plus points per game offense against Kansas State's lid-on-the bucket defense.