Mississippi Valley State led by as many as 20 points in the second half but had to hold on at the end winning the SWAC Tournament championship 71-69 over Texas Southern.
The Delta Devils led 55-35 with 8:13 remaining in the game. Texas Southern then went to work closing the gap to just 67-64 with just under a minute remaining. Cor-J Cox made one of two free throws to extend the lead to 71-66 before Omar Strong's three at the buzzer made the score 71-69.
Kevin Burwell scored 19 points to lead the Delta Devils. Brent Arrington added 12 points and William Pugh chipped in 10 points off the bench.
Omar Strong led Texas Southern with a game-high 30 points on 8-18 shooting. Strong was 8-15 from three-point range in the game. Dexter Ellington added 10 points off the bench for the Tigers.
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