(HUNTSVILLE) - Looking to get back to the .500-mark before starting a three-game road swing, Alabama A&M coach Vann Pettaway hit a rough patch instead on the SWAC trail.
The Mississippi Valley Delta Devils (3-11) took a 2nd half lead with 11:38 remaining and breathlessly held on as the Bulldogs missed a pair of potential game-tying threes in the final minute, to come away with a 68-63 win at Elmore Gym, Monday night.
Evan Hilton scored a game-high 18 points and hit 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
The Bulldogs (4-10) outclassed MVSU from downtown, hitting 40% to their 18%, but missed a pair of bombs in the final minute-and-a-half, after Jonathan Belt's layup tied the game. Belt finished with 16 for A&M.
Larry Cox led the Delta Devils with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Stanford Speech joined Cox with 14 and 4 rebounds.
The Delta Devils led for much of the 1st half but lost their advantage in the final minutes, giving the Bulldogs a 34-31 lead going into the intermission.
Alabama A&M held onto the lead in the 2nd period until MVSU pulled ahead on a jumper by Cox with 11:38 to play and never let the Bulldogs regain the lead.
Carl Lucas scored on a three-point play with 1:03 on the clock, then Speech had two clinching free throws with :08 left.
Alabama A&M hits the road starting with Saturday's match against Alabama State.