The Southern University men’s basketball season came to an end on Tuesday night as they traveled to Houston to face off against the second-seeded Texas Southern Tigers in the SWAC Tournament.
Prior to this game, the Jags and the Tigers played just three days before and Southern came in and defeated the Tigers 87-77, thanks to senior guard Richard Lee’s 30-point game, which solidified their spot in the SWAC tourney.
This past Tuesday however, it was a different story.
The last time that the Jags saw Texas Southern, the Jaguars scored the game’s first eight points and never gave up the lead for the rest of the game. In this game however, the Jags never saw the lead.
In the remaining 6:13 of the first half, the Tigers outscored the Jags 15-7 to give the Tigers a 36-25 lead at halftime. At the half, the Jags were shooting just 36% from the field and a disappointing 20% from three-point range. The Tigers were able to hold the Jags to just one offensive rebound in the first half, as opposed to the Tigers nine offensive rebounds. Senior forward Sidney Umude led the team in scoring with 9 points and added three rebounds to go along with it.
In the second half, the Tigers began to build their lead. With the Jags down 42-30, the Tigers went on a 10-0 scoring run to give them a 20-point lead with 14:32 remaining in the game.
Despite the run by Texas Southern, the Jaguars would not give up. A three-pointer by junior guard Marcel Burton would cut the Tigers lead down to 10 with 4:05 left in the game. The hot shooting by Texas Southern however, would prevent the Jags from coming within the 10-point deficit and the second-seeded Tigers end the Jags season with their 25th and final loss of the season, 80-70.
The Jags’ bench scored just as many points as the starters, both scoring 35 points apiece. Richard Lee was the Jags’ leading scorer on the night with a final statline OF 13 points, 3 assists and 2 steals.
To conclude the Jags’ season, Southern managed to accumulate a 7-25 record, while fairing 6-12 in the SWAC. The season began a little bumpy, but as the season progressed, the Jags managed to get into the groove and win seven games. The Jags are losing 4 seniors—Sidney Umude, Richard Lee, Aaron Ray, and Alex Ennis—and will look to build on the momentum that they have gained closer to the end of the season.