ITTA BENA, Miss. -- Grant Maxey scored 24 points to lead Jackson State to an 82-63 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday.
The Tigers (15-12, 11-4 Southwestern Athletic Conference) remained in second in the SWAC standings, 1 1/2 games ahead of MVSU (11-18, 10-6), which has lost three consecutive games.
Jackson State used an 8-0 run, which was capped by Maxey's two free throws, to extend its lead to 69-54 with 4:53 left.
After MVSU's Terrence Joyner hit a jumper, the Tigers scored the next six points for a 75-56 lead with 2:44 to play.
The Tigers also had nine turnovers and nine steals.
Joyner had 22 points and Paul Crosby added 17 points and nine rebounds for MVSU.