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Division I’s only winless team snaps 21-game skid

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Kylan Phillips scored 23 points and Mississippi Valley State, the only winless Division I team entering Saturday, snapped a 21-game losing streak with a 72-67 victory over Jackson State.

Mississippi Valley State (1-20, 1-7 Southwestern Athletic Conference) hadn’t won since March 4, 2017 when it beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 88-87. The Delta Devils lost their final game of 2017-18 against Alcorn State and started this season with 20-consecutive losses and owned the longest active losing streak in Division I.

Dante Scott scored 11 on just 2-of-9 shooting from the field and 7 of 10 from the foul line. He broke a 67-all tie with 42 seconds left at the line after Phillips came up with a steal at the other end.

Darius Austin missed a 3-pointer on Jackson State’s next possession and, forced to foul with 20 seconds, sent Scott to the line where he made another pair.

Chalice Frank missed a 3 with 12 seconds left and Jeremiah Jefferson missed a jumper after gathering the rebound off Frank’s miss.

Maurice Rivers led Jackson State (9-12, 6-2) with 15 points and Austin scored 12.