Saturday, March 12, 2016

Early surge lifts Southern men into SWAC final

HOUSTON. Texas — March Madness is officially under way at the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament.

Fourth-seeded Southern roared to a 24-point first-half lead, watched top-seeded Texas Southern storm back to grab the lead early in the second half, then regrouped for an 81-73 victory in the semifinals Friday night in the Toyota Center.

The Jaguars, 21-12 and 13-7 in the SWAC, will meet third-seeded Jackson State, which defeated No. 7 Mississippi Valley State 74-68, in the championship game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU, WXOK-AM, 1460). The winner will advance to the NCAA tournament.

Last season, Southern advanced to the title game, where it lost to Texas Southern, but that team was ineligible for the NCAA tournament.

“It’s not over yet,” senior guard Christopher Hyder said. “Last year, we got to the final and we lost. We’ve got to continue to do what we did today and play as hard as we can again tomorrow.”


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