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.
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.
Cal big man Ivan Rabb could have been selected in the top 10 of the NBA draft. Instead, he's returning to Berkeley to make himself, and the Golden Bears, stronger.
Devin Williams' decision last month to sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft has left West Virginia in a tough spot.