The Jaguar men’s basketball team traveled to Grambling this past Saturday in hopes of extending their win streak to seven games behind stellar play from their backcourt.
The Jags started off their first half of the game on an 11-1 scoring run that was highlighted by strong play from Ashante Shiver, who would finish the game as Southern’s leading scorer with 16 points.
Scrappy defense and efficient offense from the Jags led to Southern maintaining a lead over the Tigers throughout the entire first half of competition. An assist from Micah Bradford to Damiree Burns closed out a dominant first half for the Jaguars as they went into the break leading Grambling by 9 points.
Burns finished the game as the Jags second leading scorer with 14 points and four rebounds to improve on what’s been a productive freshman season.
The second half saw the Tigers come roaring back, however as they started the half on an 18-5 run that caught the Jags seemingly by surprise coming out of the break. The lead changed multiple times in the closing minutes of the game with Southern managing to regain a 1 point lead with less than three minutes remaining on the game clock.
Despite a couple of late threes from the Jags, an offensive flurry by the Tigers proved to be too much for Southern to overcome as their winning streak came to an end as they fell to Grambling.
The Jags lost to the Tigers by a score of 66-62 as their conference record falls to 6-4 on the season, now sitting in a four-way tie for the third spot in the current SWAC standings.
The Jags will return to action vs Jackson State, who delivered after a victory against Alcorn, on February 10 to maintain pace in a crowded Southwestern Athletic Conference.