GRAMLBING, Louisiana — Jeffrey Simmons scored 19 points and Mississippi Valley State edged Grambling State 68-65 on Monday.
Grambling came back from a 15-point halftime deficit and tied the game at 65 with 38 seconds left following a three-point play and then two free throws by Richard Freeman.
Mark Gray's 3-point attempt with two second on the clock was off the mark.
MVSU (4-18, 3-6 Southwestern) built a 39-24 halftime lead, despite missing all eight of its 3-point attempts, as it held Grambling to 25 percent shooting from the floor (8 of 32).
Washington and Isaac Williams added 15 points apiece for MVSU.
Remond Brown led Grambling State (2-17, 0-9) with 16 points and eight boards. Freeman finished with nine points.