Valley is Last Remaining Unbeaten in SWAC Play
Mississippi Valley State 77, Southern 56
Itta Bena, Miss. -- Cor-J Cox scored 23 points off the bench to lead Mississippi Valley State in a 77-56 rout of Southern University on Monday night.
Five Delta Devils (6-11, 5-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference) scored in double figures as MVSU grabbed sole possession of first place in the conference.
Paul Crosby added 18 points and 14 rebounds, Kevin Burwell had 12 points and Falando Jones and Terrence Joyner chipped in 11 each.
The Delta Devils led 37-30 at halftime and held the Jaguars (8-11, 4-2) to just 9-of-25 shooting (36 percent) in the second half. MVSU made 44.1 percent of its shots (30 of 68), including 11 of 35 from 3-point range. Cox took 12 of those 3s, making four.
The Delta Devils scored 23 points off 21 turnovers and outrebounded Southern 42-32.
Derick Beltran led the Jaguars with 15 points and Quinton Doggett and Mike Celestin added 11 each.
Jackson State 54, Texas Southern 51
Jackson, Miss. -- Jenirro Bush scored 23 points and Christian Williams scored five in the final 22 seconds to lift Jackson State to a 54-51 victory over Texas Southern on Monday night.
Jackson State (4-14, 2-4 Southwestern Athletic Conference), which had lost its past four games, trailed 51-49 before Williams' 3-pointer gave the Tigers a one-point lead.
After Patrick Onwenu missed two free throws for Texas Southern (5-12, 4-1), Williams was good on a pair for Jackson State. Bush's 3-pointer with 10:38 remaining had given Jackson State a 43-40 lead, its first in 15 minutes, and it continued to lead until a layup by Texas Southern's Daniel King set up Williams' heroics.
Kelsey Howard scored 10 points and Williams nine for Jackson State, and Bush had eight rebounds.
DaQuan Joyner scored 13 to pace Texas Southern, which had won its first four conference games by an average of 27 points.
Prairie View A&M 81, Grambling 64
Dallas, Texas -- Story Louis Munks scored 22 points and made five 3-pointers to lead Prairie View A&M to an 81-64 victory against Grambling in the Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Classic on Monday night.
Demondre Chapman added 17 points, Ryan Gesiakowski 12 and Jourdan DeMuynck 11 for the Panthers (7-11, 3-2 Southwestern Athletic), who shot 53.4 percent (31 of 58) from the floor.
Prairie View A&M made 11 of 17 attempts from 3-point range. Quincy Roberts had 34 points, nine rebounds and three steals for the Tigers (3-13, 2-4). Brandon Dorsett added 11 points.
A Munks 3-pointer was the first score, and the Panthers never trailed. Grambling shot 9 of 25 in the first half en route to a 42-29 deficit at the break.
A Dorsett layup cut the deficit to 44-34 early in the second half, but Prairie View A&M scored the next seven points to regain control. The Tigers got no closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 75, Alcorn State 69
Pine Bluff, Ark. -- Daniel Broughton scored 23 points and Savalace Townsend added 19 to lead Arkansas-Pine Bluff to a 75-68 victory against Alcorn State on Monday night.
Lazabian Jackson added 13 points for the Golden Lions (2-16, 1-4 Southwestern Athletic), who outscored Alcorn State 12-5 in the last 1:36.
KeDorian Sullivan had 19 points and Xavian Rimmer 18 for the Braves (3-14, 1-5). The game was tied before Broughton and Townsend made two free throws each for a 67-63 Arkansas-Pine Bluff lead with 1:20 remaining.
After a missed Alcorn State shot, Townsend converted a crushing three-point play with 53 seconds left, and the Golden Lions protected the lead at the free-throw line.