ITTA BENA, Miss. -- Markedric Bell had a season-high 33 points as Arkansas-Pine Bluff defeated Mississippi Valley State 80-76 in a Southwestern Athletic Conference opener on Saturday.
Bell shot 10 for 11 from the foul line. He added eight rebounds.
Marquell Carter had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-11, 1-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference), which broke its six-game losing streak. Dequan Morris added 11 points. Terrance Banyard had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Golden Lions.
The Golden Lions trailed 31-25 at halftime and 39-30 early in the second half before a 17-2 run gave them a 47-41 lead with 11:31 remaining. Later in the half, they took the lead for good with an 11-0 run for a 73-62 advantage.
The Delta Devils drew within 78-76 on a pair of free throws by Michael Green with 39 seconds to go. Green missed jumpers on MVSU's next three possessions and the Golden Lions held on for the win.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff plays Alabama A&M on the road next Saturday. Mississippi Valley State plays Alabama State on the road next Saturday.
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