AMES, Iowa -- Mississippi Valley State closed out its nonconference schedule Saturday following a narrow 67-65 loss at Iowa State.
Iowa State (10-3) shot just 34.4 percent, allowing the Delta Devils to pull with 62-59 with 1:19 left. But the Cyclones' defense came up with a big stop, and buried two free throws with 12.1 seconds left.
Cor-J Cox's 3 pulled the Delta Devils within two, but it came at the buzzer.
Terrence Joyner had 14 points for Mississippi Valley State (1-11), which opens conference play Tuesdasy, Jan. 3, at home against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
The Delta Devils cut Iowa State's lead to 47-37 midway through the second half on a Terrance Joyner 3-pointer, and Kevin Burwell's 3 pulled Mississippi Valley State within 47-42.
Burwell, Cox and Paul Crosby had 11 points apiece for Valley, which shot 35.3 percent from the field.