Lions hold off Delta Devils for third straight win

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Southeastern Louisiana’s third straight road win to close out the Savannah Invitational was a little bumpier than it first appeared it would be.

The Lions jumped out to a 23-point first-half lead, then held off a Mississippi Valley State rally for a 73-59 win Saturday afternoon in the Pete Hanna Center.

Southeastern (4-3) won for the third straight game away from Hammond for the first time since sweeping three at the Oregon Rain Invitational in Corvallis, Oregon to open the 2006-07 season. The Lions’ three-game win streak overall is their first since Jan. 12-21, 2017.

Senior forward Jordan Capps had a team-high 18 points, 12 coming in the second half. Senior forward James Currington, an Alabama native who opened his collegiate career at Mississippi Valley, led the Lions with eight rebounds while tossing in 13 points. Senior guard Joshua Filmore hit four 3-pointers in scoring 11 points and recording three steals. Junior forward Moses Greenwood added 10 points while junior guard Marlain Veal had nine points and seven assists. Southeastern shot 47.4 overall while grabbing 32 rebounds.

   Jordan Evans came off the bench to lead Mississippi Valley (0-6) with 13 points. Dante Scott added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds. The Delta Devils shot 42.0 percent while recording 33 rebounds.

Southeastern shot 52.9 percent in the first half in taking a 46-27 lead. A jumper by Scott trimmed the margin to 48-32 at the 17:09 mark. Singleton came back with a 3 to make it 51-32 with 15:17 remaining. But after a layup by Capps kept the lead at 19 with 13:08 left, the Delta Devils used an 8-0 run over the next 3:38 to pull to within 53-42 at the 9:30 mark.

   The Lions went back up 58-42 with 7:44 left on a Greenwood jumper. But Mississippi Valley answered with a 10-2 run to get to within 60-52 on an Evans 3 with 4:49 left. Another Evans jumper made it 63-52 with 2:36 remaining.

But the Delta Devils would not get any closer. Senior guard Jabbar Singleton fed Currington for a dunk and Capps added a layup to make it 69-57 with 1:28 left.

   Southeastern hit eight of its first nine shots in taking an 18-7 lead on a layup by Greenwood at the 15:04 mark of the first half. Greenwood had eight points and Currington six in going a combined 7-of-7 during the stretch.

Filmore fed Capps for a dunk to continue an 11-0 run for the Lions. He wrapped up the run with a 3 to extend the lead to 27-7 at the 11:02 mark. Jeffery Lewis hit a jumper to pull Mississippi Valley to within 27-11 with 10:01 left. But a layup by Veal pushed the lead up to 38-15 with 5:09 remaining.

NOTES:

Southeastern’s nine turnovers were its fewest since it also had nine against Incarnate Word on Jan. 2, 2017.

Capps set a career high with six free throws made while his 11 attempts tied a career high.

Currington was born in Mobile and went to school at Paul W. Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa. He played one year at Mississippi Valley in 2013-14, earning SWAC All-Freshman team honors, before transferring to Southeastern.

Southeastern took a 3-2 lead in the series with Mississippi Valley.

QUOTES:

Southeastern head coach Jay Ladner:

On his team’s fast start…

“You’re certainly not complaining about a win on the road. It was a little bit of an anomaly to begin with. We were shooting 72 percent at one point in the first half and you just knew that type of shooting wasn’t going to continue. They buckled down and tightened up and we missed some free throws and some layups. They started to get in a groove a little bit. They have some good players and they started making some shots and we didn’t make some. But our guys had enough poise to hang on and we got some stops right there at the end when we needed them.”

UP NEXT:

Southeastern returns home for the first time since Nov. 10 to host Loyola-New Orleans for Study Break Night Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the University Center.

 BOX SCORE

Southeastern La. 73, Mississippi Valley 59

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA (4-3)

Capps, Jordan 6-10 6-11 18; Currington, James 6-9 1-2 13; Filmore, Joshua 4-12 0-0 11; Greenwood, Moses 5-8 0-0 10; Veal, Marlain 3-7 3-4 9; Singleton, Jabbar 2-6 0-0 6; Polanco, Eddy 0-2 3-3 3; West, D’Angelo 1-3 0-0 3; Gonzalez, Brandon 0-0 0-0 0; Thomas, Quinton 0-0 0-0 0; Charleston, Keith 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 27-57 13-22 73.

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE (0-6)

EVANS, Jordan 5-11 1-3 13; SCOTT, Dante 3-7 5-6 12; HUNT, Lorenzo 4-6 0-0 8; ECKWOOD, Tereke 2-6 3-4 8; EJEH, Emmanuel 2-2 2-2 6; CREIGHTON, Davere 2-6 0-0 4; ALLISON, Kaleb 1-2 0-0 2; LEWIS, Jeffery 1-1 0-0 2; NAHIMY, Nate 0-3 2-2 2; WATSON, Jamal 1-2 0-0 2; DAVIS, Gemaal 0-1 0-0 0; ROBERTS, Marcus 0-2 0-0 0; TAYLOR, Henry 0-1 0-0 0; ANAKWENZE, Arinze 0-0 0-0 0; ALLEN, LaCurtis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-50 13-17 59.

Southeastern Louisiana……..   46   27  –   73

Mississippi Valley S……….   27   32  –   59

3-point goals–Southeastern Louisiana 6-22 (Filmore, Joshua 3-10; Singleton, Jabbar 2-4; West, D’Angelo 1-3; Veal, Marlain 0-2; Polanco, Eddy 0-2; Capps, Jordan 0-1), Mississippi Valley 4-14 (EVANS, Jordan 2-3; SCOTT, Dante 1-2; ECKWOOD, Tereke 1-4; CREIGHTON, Davere 0-3; NAHIMY, Nate 0-1; TAYLOR, Henry 0-1). Fouled out–Southeastern Louisiana-None, Mississippi Valley-None. Rebounds–Southeastern Louisiana 32 (Currington, James 8), Mississippi Valley 33 (SCOTT, Dante 8). Assists–Southeastern Louisiana 18 (Veal, Marlain 7), Mississippi Valley 11 (ECKWOOD, Tereke 3). Total fouls–Southeastern Louisiana 18, Mississippi Valley 22. Technical fouls–Southeastern Louisiana-None, Mississippi Valley-None. A-137.

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