Advocate staff photo by April Buffington -- Southern's Jamar Sandifer defends as Wiley's Kevondric Davis looks for an open teammate during the game held at F.G. Clark Activity Center on Wednesday.

April Buffington

Someone had to win.

Following Saturday’s 78-76 overtime loss at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Southern's losing streak on the road evened at 12 consecutive games. The Jaguars entered Monday’s 78-70 win at Mississippi Valley State 0-12 on the road, still searching for a win away from Baton Rouge.

The Jaguars were one of the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s four teams yet to collect a road win.

Mississippi Valley, which had a 17-game losing streak prior to Monday’s tip, was 0-2 at home and 0-17 overall before Southern arrived in Itta Bena, Mississippi.

In this case: Someone had to win. But, really, someone else didn’t have to lose.

For the first time this season, Southern and first-year coach Morris Scott earned a win away from Baton Rouge, sludging through a eight-point win to send Mississippi Valley State to 0-18, the worst in the SWAC.

Sitting at the bottom of the SWAC’s leaderboard with five in-conference losses and zero wins, Mississippi Valley State presented as winnable a road game as the Jaguars (6-13, 2-4 SWAC) have had all season.

“We’ve got to find a way to go on the road and win a couple of games to get back in the race,” Scott said before the win/loss split road trip.

Southern trailed for much of Monday’s second half by minor deficits before it was able to knot a 59-59 tie with 1:30 remaining. The Jaguars snagged a 61-59 lead with less than 70 seconds to go, held the two-point advantage until the final 10 seconds and a first road win for Southern appeared well within reach.

Then, with 0:02 seconds remaining, the Delta Devils chipped in a running layup to take Southern to overtime for the Jaguars' second game in a row.

Southern didn't falter.

It stood tall for its second overtime in three days, winning the free-throw-heavy fist fight to capture a first victory outside the state of Louisiana.