Arkansas Pine Bluff beats MVSU 78-73

The Associated Press

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) -- DaVon Haynes scored 20 points Saturday and Mississippi Valley State University rallied to beat Arkansas Pine Bluff 78-73 in their Southwestern Athletic Conference opener.

Daniel Broughton scored 14 points for MVSU (5-9) and Tevin Hammond added 12.

MVSU jumped to a 6-0 lead but UAPB (2-11) came back on a 7-0 run, then widened its lead to 10. MVSU ripped a 7-1 run to trail 40-39 at halftime.

MVSU took a 45-43 lead in the second half, then expanded the margin by five points, but UAPB came back to lead 54-48 with 11:58 to play. A layup by Ervin Thomas cut UAPB's lead to one, 57-56 with 8:20 left, but UAPB pulled ahead. James Currington's dunk cut UAPB's lead to 76-73 with 25.8 seconds to play, but the Delta Devils could get no closer.

Jeff Simmons led MVSU with 20, DeAngelo Priar scored 16 and Currington added 11.