Ark.-Pine Bluff 69, MVSU 66

Allen Smith scored 16 points and Arkansas-Pine Bluff overcame

poor free throw shooting down the stretch to beat Mississippi

Valley State 69-66 on Wednesday in the first round of the

Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament.

The second-seeded Golden Lions (15-15) advance to Friday’s

semifinals to face the winner of Alabama State-Alabama A&M.

D’Angelo Jackson came off the bench to score a game-high 24

points for seventh-seeded Mississippi Valley State (9-23).

The Golden Lions broke open a tie game with a 17-6 run early in

the second half, but the Delta Devils closed to within two points,

68-66, on a pair of free throws by Kevin Burwell. Arkansas-Pine

Bluff’s Lebaron Weathers added a free throw with 6 seconds left to

push the lead to three before Burwell missed a long 3-pointer at

the buzzer.

The victory completed a season-series sweep for the Golden

Lions.