Saturday, February 13, 2016

Balanced Southern defeats Arkansas-Pine Bluff

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Southern used a balanced offense to beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 66-58 on Saturday night in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

Eight of the nine Jaguars who played scored, none of them scored fewer than five points and none scored more than 12. Southern had 13 assists on 24 field goals.

Southern’s top three scorers in Southwestern Athletic Conference play — Adrian Rodgers, Trelun Banks and Christopher Hyder — are averaging a combined 42.5 points but combined for 27 on Saturday.

“A lot of people have just been worrying about me, Adrian and Trelun and leaving other players open, so we wanted to get them going,” Hyder said. “That’s good because it gets everybody’s confidence going.”

Rodgers scored the Jaguars first eight points, but didn’t score during the final 16½ minutes of the first half. Rashad Andrews and Tony Nunn each had six first-half points as Southern consistently got good looks in the lane against the Golden Lions’ zone.

“We wanted to penetrate to the basket instead of settling for outside shots,” said Andrews, who finished with eight points.


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