Scores

Final

Jackson State 58

(14-20, 10-8 SWAC)

Miss Valley St 59

(17-15, 12-6 SWAC)

    7:00 PM ET, March 15, 2008

    1 2 T
    JKST 26 3258
    MVSU 34 2559

    Top Performers

    Jackson St: D. Griffin 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast

    Miss Valley St: L. Cox 8 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Lucas hits a pair of free throws to clinch victory for Delta Devils

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Carl Lucas made two free throws with 0.4 seconds left and Mississippi Valley State defeated Jackson State 59-58 to win the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday night.

    Jackson State's Catraiva Givens put the fourth-seeded Tigers up 58-56 with 27.3 seconds left. Stanford Speech made one of two free throws for the No. 2 seed Delta Devils to draw them within one and Chris Watson kept the possession alive with an offensive rebound.

    The Delta Devils (19-15) clinched their first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1996. Jackson State was denied a chance for its second straight bid.

    "My teammates, they held it down for me because I started slow, and in the end it came down to me and I said I had to win it for them because they held it down for me," said Lucas, who was named tournament MVP. "No pressure at all."

    Mississippi Valley State (17-15) scrambled for a last-second shot before finding Lucas streaking toward the basket. Jackson State (13-20) took a time out to try to freeze Lucas, but the junior calmly swished both free throws. Lucas had seven points and six rebounds.

    "It felt like three hours almost, but I kept my composure," Lucas said. "I knew they would go in. We practice free throws every day, every time we step on the court. I just go through my same routine and knock them down."

    The Tigers didn't lead in the second half until there was 1:14 remaining when Darrion Gordon, who led all scorers with 24 points, made a 3-pointer from the wing at the end of a 13-1 run.

    "We told them, focus on the championship, focus on finishing the game, get the championship," Jackson State coach Tevester Anderson said. "We got down, but I knew we could come back."

    MVSU featured a balanced scoring attack in which eight Delta Devils had between five and 10 points, led by Chris Watson. Jeremy Caldwell, who was whistled for the foul on Lucas, scored 11 points and had eight rebounds for the Tigers.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    JKST
    MVSU
    Points 58 59
    FG Made-Attempted 18-42 (.429) 22-60 (.367)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-9 (.444) 7-16 (.438)
    FT Made-Attempted 18-27 (.667) 8-12 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 9

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