MVSU 91, Alcorn St. 83

Falando Jones scored 25 points and Orlando Smith had 18 points

and 16 rebounds as Mississippi Valley State built a big early lead

and held on to defeat Alcorn State 91-83 Saturday.

The Delta Devils (10-15, 9-3 Southwestern Athletic Conference)

scored the game’s first 12 points – seven by D’Angelo Jackson, who

finished with 16 – and led by as many as 19 points before taking a

48-33 halftime edge.

The Braves (3-19, 3-9) got back into it in the second half,

making 68 percent of their shots (17 of 25) to get as close as

three points, 86-83, with 28 seconds left.

Will Pugh responded by making 1 of 2 free throws for the Delta

Devils, then stealing the ball, drawing a foul and making two more

for an 89-83 lead with 19 seconds left. Jones added two final free


Jamar Ragland scored 18 points to lead Alcorn State. Marquiz

Baker added 15 and Kendrick McDonald 14.