MORAGA, Calif. (AP) -- Levi Luster scored 15 points, including
eight in the final four minutes, as Concordia defeated Mississippi
Valley State 77-73 in the Shamrock Shootout at Saint Mary's
It was the second victory over a Division I opponent for the
small NAIA school from West Irvine. Concordia (8-4) defeated
Northern Arizona in the 1994-95 season.
The game seesawed through the second half, with Mississippi
Valley State (0-7) claiming the lead 55-52 at the 12:13 mark when
Tychius Snow hit his fourth of five 3-pointers to complete an 11-2
The Delta Devils were ahead 69-66 when Luster cut the lead to
one off a post move. Mississippi Valley State missed two shots,
then Luster scored a lay-up off a lob.
Joe Roberson hit a six-footer to increase Concordia's lead to
three, then Luster sank two free throws following Roberson's steal
to cap an 8-0 run.
Concordia outshot Mississippi Valley State, hitting 53.3 percent
(24-of-45). Mississippi Valley State, which held a 38-28 rebounding
advantage, hit 29-of-69 from the field for 42 percent.
Concordia sank 20 of 27 free throws, while Mississippi Valley
State was 9-of-11 from the line.