Mississippi Valley State beats Southern 81-73

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ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP)—Eric Petty finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks to lead Mississippi Valley State to an 81-73 win over Southern U. on Monday night.

Dwayne Harmason added 17 points and 10 assists for the Delta Devils (5-21, 5-8 Southwestern Athletic Conference), and Julius Cheeks chipped in with 10 points and five assists.

MVSU held a slim 44-43 lead in the second half, but used a 19-6 run to take a 63-49 lead on a 3-pointer from Cheeks with 8:34 remaining. The Jaguars managed to get within five points, but Petty made a layup with 1:10 left to extend the Delta Devils’ lead to 77-70.

The Jaguars (6-19, 6-7) were paced by Chris Davis, who scored 23 points. Steffon Wiley added 13 points.

MVSU shot 55.6 percent from the field (25-for-45), and outrebounded Southern 38-30.

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