Southern U. 69, Ark.-Pine Bluff 68

Derick Beltran nailed a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining to

propel Southern University over Arkansas-Pine Bluff 69-68

Saturday.

After trailing 58-50 with just under eight minutes remaining,

Southern (8-10, 4-10 SWAC) embarked on a 7-0 run to chip the lead

to one before falling behind by six at the 2:33 mark, 64-68. Two

3-pointers, from Jameel Grace and Mike Celestin, sandwiched between

two free throw makes by Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-16, 0-4) set up

Beltran’s heroics as the Jaguars took possession with 19 seconds

remaining. Beltran finished with 21 points on 7 for 11 shooting

from the field. Grace and Celestin finished with 17 and 14 points,

respectively.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff led 32-26 at the half and notched a robust

54.4 shooting percentage in the second half, but was undone by

Southern’s second-half 57.1 percent clip from 3-point range. The

Golden Lions’ Savalace Townsend led all scorers with 31 points.