February 23, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) Madarious Gibbs had 25 points and nine rebounds and Chris Thomas added 22 points and grabbed 10 boards as Texas Southern held off Mississippi Valley State 83-73 on Monday night.

Gibbs was 10 of 18 from the floor and had six assists. Thomas made 9 of 19 field goal attempts.

Texas Southern (15-12, 12-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference), which has won seven of its last eight, led most of the game but could never break free of the Delta Devils. TSU led 70-60 with 7:36 remaining when Mississippi Valley State had a 9-3 run to close to 73-69 with 4:54 left, but the Tigers held MVSU to four points after that.

TSU remains tied atop the conference standings with Alabama State (16-7, 12-2), which beat Southern 56-54 on Monday night.

Jeffrey Simmons led MVSU (5-23, 4-11) with 25 points and DeAngelo Priar chipped in 12.

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