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.
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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