Itta Bena, Ms – It was a cold night in the Delta but not in the R.W. Harrison HYPER Complex on the Mississippi Valley State campus as the Delta Devils roasted in-state rivals Jackson State, 81-53, before a standing room only crowd of 4, 798.

From the onset the game appeared to be paced for a classic battle to the wire with the lead going back and forth and the Tigers even holding a 31-30 lead with just over three minutes in the first half. However a 7-0 run by Valley in the half’s final three minutes would put the Delta Devils up for good as they took 38-31 lead into the break.

Tonight was a rare opportunity for every Delta Devil to get in the game as five players scored in double figures. They were led by Larry Cox’s double-double as he turned in 14 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots. Chris Watson and Michael Clark had 15 points each, with seven and five rebounds respectively.

Stanford Speech had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists, while Carl Lucas added 13 points. The Tigers Darrion Griffen had 15 points to lead their scorers, with De’Shaun Dixon adding 14 points and five rebounds.

The Delta Devils (7-12, 5-3 SWAC) will return to action Monday when they host Grambling State at live on ESPNU


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