Southern 59, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 46
BATON ROUGE, La. – A quick start propelled Southern (11-10, 10-2 SWAC) to a 59-46 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (5-17, 3-9) Saturday afternoon at the F.G. Clark Activity Center during Southwestern Athletic Conference action.
Alyric Scott led the Jaguars with 16 points and five rebounds. Skylar O’Bear, Samantha Duncan and Jaden Towner each scored eight points for Southern.
Faith Ohanta dealt a double-double for UAPB with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Ohanta was 13-of-22 from the foul line, outshooting the Jaguars from the stripe on her own. Malaik Muhammad scored seven points, and Destiny Brewton and Noe’ll Taylor added six points apiece.
After shaking off a slow start to put together a 12-2 run to end the first quarter with a 17-6 lead, the Jaguars pushed ahead thanks to the long ball and extended their lead to 25-8 after taking advantage of a UAPB cold snap where the Lady Lions did not make a field goal for five-plus minutes. Southern led by as many as 21 before UAPB closed the half on a 7-0 run, leaving Southern’s lead at 33-19.
Southern remained in control from there, leading by as many as 23 in the fourth. Arkansas-Pine Bluff made a run late, closing the game on a 17-7 run and capitalizing on careless play from the Jaguars, but Southern’s lead proved insurmountable.
With the win, Southern remains atop league standings and is the first team to reach the 10-win mark in conference play this season.
Southern 70, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 62
BATON ROUGE, La. – The host Jaguars received a big boost from Eddie Reese (19 points, six assists) and Emanuel Shepard (15 points, nine rebounds) down the stretch and Jared Sam produced his conference-leading 11th double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.
Southern (11-14, 7-5 SWAC) got hot after halftime by making 50 percent of their shots in the second half (15-of-30) and controlled the boards with a 43-27 rebounding advantage.
Martaveous McKnight led the Golden Lions (9-16, 9-3 SWAC) with 23 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Travon Harper shot 8-of-9 including 3-of-4 from 3-point range to total 19 points before fouling out late in the game.