Carl Lucas had 20 points to lead Mississippi Valley State to a 70-59 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the semifinals of the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament today.
The Delta Devils (16-15) will face the winner of today's semifinal game between Alabama State and Jackson State in tomorrow's final.
Mississippi Valley State led by 13 points going into the intermission and never led Arkansas Pine Bluff (13-18) get closer than nine points in the second half. The Devils led by 21 points with 4:15 left to play.
The Golden Lions went on a 12-2 run, cutting the Devils' lead to the 11-point final margin on a free throw by William Byrd with 20 seconds to play.
The Devils' Chris Watson had a double-double, with 17 points and 11 rebounds, as MVSU outrebounded Arkansas-Pine Bluff 44-36.
Gavin Montgomery led the Golden Lions with 12 points and Larry Williams helped out with 11 more.