ITTA BENA, Miss. -- Derick Beltran notched 19 points as Southern University sloppily defeated Mississippi Valley State 78-74 Monday night.
The teams combined for 67 personal fouls and 97 free-throw attempts, though neither was especially adept at converting.
The Jaguars (17-8, 11-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference) hit just 66 percent (35 of 53) at the line, led by a 10-of-13 showing from Javan Mitchell, who accrued 18 points before fouling out. Jameel Grace added 14 points and Brandon Moore 12.
Four Southern players fouled out, while Smith was the only Delta Devil with five fouls.
MVSU trailed 59-45 after Mitchell's free throw with 8:54 left, but responded with a 12-4 run to get within striking distance.
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.