Adrian Rodgers did most of his scoring from the floor and Trelun Banks did most of his from the foul line.
The two guards combined to score 39 points and lead Southern to a 76-65 victory against LSU-Alexandria on Monday night in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.
Rodgers scored a game-high 23 points, making 8-of-16 field goals and 7-of-8 free throws. Banks scored 16 points, taking just five shots (making one) and making 14-of-17 free throws.
“It was just the feel of the game,” Banks said. “(The officials) were calling the game kind of quick. We were beating them off the dribble so we wanted to keep attacking the lane.”
Southern made 34-of-41 free throws and the Generals made 16-of-21.
“Coach emphasized doing a better job of shooting free throws,” Rodgers said. “We didn’t shoot them very well the last game.”
The Jaguars made 17-of-30 free throws as they lost their season opener against Louisiana Tech 85-76 last Friday.
Cameron Monroe came off the bench to score 10 points for the Jaguars, who visit Ole Miss on Thursday.
Darius Johnson had 20 points, DeAngelo Coleman 12 and Darryl Milburn 11 for the Generals, who fell to 1-2.
“We’re not too satiafied with the way we played,” Banks said. “But we played good enough to get the win.”
Southern led 32-25 at halftime and pushed the margin to 41-27 as Frank Snow and Rodgers each scored four points in the first five minutes of the second half.
Monroe scored six straight Jaguars points to help increase the lead to 56-39 with nine minutes remaining.
Johnson scored 10 points as LSU-A cut the margin to single digits at 68-60 with two minutes left, but Monroe made a jumper and he and Rodgers combined to make Southern’s last six free throws.
“I think we had some nerves on opening night and that showed in the free-throw shooting,” Jaguars coach Roman Banks said. “I figured getting rid of that would at least help with the free throws tonight.”
Southern used 12 players, 10 of whom scored and played nine or more minutes.
“I was trying to get a lot of guys in and get a feel for everybody,” coach Banks said, “but I probably slowed a couple of our runs because I was subbing guys in.”
The score was tied at 11 midway through the first half as both teams got the majority of their points on free throws.
Johnson, Austin Adams, and Samuel Ouedraogo each made two free throws for LSU-A and Trelun Banks had six and Joell Hopkins one for Southern.
The Jaguars started scoring inside and it resulted in an 18-5 run, led by Rodgers’ 11 points.
The Generals finished the half strongly as Johnson scored the final five points of a 9-3 run that pulled them within 32-25 at halftime.
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