Valley Clinches At Least a Share of SWAC Title
Mississippi Valley State clinched a share of the SWAC regular season championship Saturday in dramatic fashion. The Delta Devils also extended their winning streak to 14 games. Southern and Texas Southern remained four-games behind MVSU with wins on the road. Jackson State won at Grambling, and Alabama State defeated Alcorn State.
Mississippi Valley State 60, Prairie View A&M 58
ITTA BENA, Miss. -- It was an ending Mississippi Valley State will remember for years to come.
With Prairie View leading the undefeated Delta Devils 58-57 with 12 seconds remaining, Terrence Joyner pushed the ball up court and found an open Paul Crosby in the corner for an open three-pointer. The Lansing, Mich. native knocked it down and the Delta Devils kept their unblemished conference record in tact with a magical 60-58 win over the Panthers (11-15, 7-6 SWAC).
The win secures the MVSU's first regular season SWAC title since the 2006-07 season. Valley (15-11, 14-0 SWAC) continued its historic stretch with its 14th straight victory.
Crosby, who was one of seven seniors to be recognized on Senior Day, led the Delta Devils with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Terrence Joyner and Brent Arrington chipped in nine points apiece for Valley.
Jules Montgomery (12 points, 13 rebounds) was one of three Panthers to score in double-figures. Ronald Wright and Jourdan Demuynck contributed 11 points each.
Texas Southern 84, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 65
PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- Omar Strong hit eight 3-pointers and scored 32 points as Texas Southern defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 84-65 Saturday night. Strong was 8 of 15 from the 3-point line for the Tigers (10-15, 9-4 Southwestern Athletic), who won their third straight game.
Madarious Gibbs added 13 points, and Aaron Clayborn and Fred Sturdivant each had 11.
Lazabian Jackson led Arkansas-Pine Bluff (6-21, 5-9) with 21 points and five assists. Savalace Townsend added 13 points and Mitchell Anderson had 10.
Texas Southern trailed 33-29 with 5:44 left in the first half but closed the period on a 16-1 run. Strong had two 3-pointers during that stretch as the Tigers took a 45-34 lead into the break.
The Golden Lions never got within single digits in the second half as the Tigers stretched the lead to as many as 25 points.
Southern 72, Alabama A&M 65
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Quinton Doggett and Mike Celestin scored 16 points apiece and Southern University beat Alabama A&M 72-65 on Saturday night, snapping a two-game losing skid.
Doggett was 5 of 10 from the field and added nine rebounds while Celestin knocked down four 3-pointers en route to 6-of-9 shooting from the field.
Both teams battled through seven ties and eight lead changes in the first half before Southern (14-13, 10-4 Southwestern Athletic Conference) took a 41-37 lead behind a Doggett free throw with 14:35 left in the second half. The Jaguars never looked back, leading by at least six points the rest of the way.
Southern shot 53.2 percent (25 of 47) from the field and connected on 16 of 22 free throws. The Jaguars took 19 free throws in the second half after taking just three in the first half.
Demarquelle Tabb led Alabama A&M (5-17, 3-10) with 12 points.
Jackson State 63, Grambling 60
GRAMBLING, La. -- Kelsey Howard scored a game-high 27 points, including all the game's points in the final minute, leading Jackson State in a comeback 63-60 win over Grambling State on Saturday night.
With Jackson State (7-19, 5-9 Southwestern Athletic Conference) trailing 60-59 with 1 minute left, Howard took the game into his hands. He sank a jumper to put Jackson State up 61-60 and then, after Xavier Rogers missed an attempt at a go-ahead 3 for Grambling State, Howard stepped to the line and connected on a pair of free throws with 7 seconds left to seal it. Howard also knocked down a trio of 3-pointers and tied team-highs with five rebounds and three assists for Jackson State, which also got 10 points apiece from Jonathan Lewis and Willie Readus.
Quincy Roberts led Grambling State (3-21, 3-11), which has lost six straight games and nine of its last 10, with 18 points.
Alabama State 78, Alcorn State 63
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Phillip Crawford scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Alabama State pulled away from Alcorn State 78-63 on Saturday night to split the season series.
Crawford recorded his third double-double of the season for the Hornets (10-15, 7-6 Southwestern Athletic Conference). Ryan Watts finished with 19 points, Ivory White had 11 and Tramaine Butler added 10 for Alabama State, which has won two straight games.
Alabama State outscored the Braves 26-16 over the final 10 minutes to put the game out of reach. Crawford made 11 of 15 field goal attempts to pace a 46.4 percent (26 of 56) field goal shooting effort for the Hornets. They made 19 of 34 free throw attempts while Alcorn State attempted 15, making 13.
Ian Francis scored 14 points, Martrevious Sanders had 12 and Kendrick McDonald added 10 for the Braves (8-18, 5-9), who lost two of their last three.