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Mississippi Valley St. defeats Grambling St. 65-61

Mar 2, 2010 - 5:20 AM GRAMBLING, La.(AP) -- Julius Cheeks scored 18 points and Shannon Behling had a double-double as Mississippi Valley State held off Grambling State 65-61 on Monday night.

Behling had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Delta Devils (9-21, 8-9 Southwestern Athletic Conference), who ended a two-game skid.

Mississippi Valley State jumped out to a 23-8 lead, but the Tigers (6-18, 4-12) closed to within 29-25 at halftime.

Grambling State tied the game for the first time at 40 with 11:06 left and the lead went back and forth.

Ariece Perkins, who led the Tigers with 21 points, missed two free throws and a layup down the stretch. Darian Donald's two foul shots with 3 seconds left sealed the win.

The Delta Devils shot 45.5 percent (25-for-55) from the field.

Lance Fuertado finished with 19 points and Kevin Loyd dished out 12 assists for the Tigers, who have lost five straight.