ITTA BENA -- It might not have been pretty. But Mississippi Valley State got the job done.
Delta Devils held on Saturday for a 60-54 victory over rival Jackson
State at the Harrison HPER Complex. The win keeps the Delta Devils
(9-11, 8-0 SWAC) at the top of the SWAC and pushed them to their best
conference start in school history. Saturday's win gives Valley a 8-0
record for the first in school history, surpassing their 7-0 start
during the 1985-86 season under coach Lafayette Stribling.
Cox led the Delta Devils with 15 points and nine rebounds off the bench
and Paul Crosby put up 12 points and 12 rebounds -- his third
double-double in the last four games.
Three JSU players reached
double-figures with Kelsey Howard leading the way with 21 points and
seven rebounds. Christian Williams chipped in 13 points while Derrell
Taylor had 10.
MVSU shot 35.8 percent (19 of 53), including four of 21 from three-point range. Valley out-rebounded the Tigers 42 to 28.
The Delta Devils secured the win with key free throws down the stretch. MVSU finished 18 of 26 from the charity stripe.
MVSU will be back in action Monday when they host Grambling at 7:30 p.m..