GREENWOOD, Miss. -- DaVon Haynes scored 20 points Saturday and Mississippi Valley State University rallied to beat Arkansas Pine Bluff 78-73 in their Southwestern Athletic Conference opener.
MVSU jumped to a 6-0 lead but UAPB (2-11) came back on a 7-0 run, then widened its lead to 10. MVSU ripped a 7-1 run to trail 40-39 at halftime.
MVSU took a 45-43 lead in the second half, then expanded the margin by five points, but UAPB came back to lead 54-48 with 11:58 to play. A layup by Ervin Thomas cut UAPB's lead to one, 57-56 with 8:20 left, but UAPB pulled ahead. James Currington's dunk cut UAPB's lead to 76-73 with 25.8 seconds to play, but the Delta Devils could get no closer.
Jeff Simmons led MVSU with 20, DeAngelo Priar scored 16 and Currington added 11.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.
Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski, who missed most of last season with a back injury, says he is returning for another year.