Roman Banks returns to Hammond as Southern, SLU meet _lowres

Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Southern's men basketball head coach Roman Banks talks to the team during a timeout against Tulane at F.G. Clark Activity Center on Thursday, November 19.

Southern’s last two basketball games ended with milestone victories.

The Jaguars got their second win over a Southeastern Conference opponent in coach Roman Banks’ five seasons when they beat Mississippi State 76-72 on Nov. 16 in Starkville.

Three days later they got their first win against Tulane in nine games all-time when they prevailed 90-82.

No such milestone is likely to happen Tuesday night, but Southern will look to win its third consecutive game after opening the season with a loss at Arkansas when it meets Dillard at 7 p.m. in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

Banks hopes to begin developing a deeper bench after using a total of just eight players through three games. All eight players aver averaging at least 11 minutes.

“I’ve had to be strategic with my substitutions,” Banks said. “I think we’ve still got some other guys on the bench we can use. I’m hoping we can start going a little deeper.”

Forward Shawn Prudhomme has been the most productive player off the bench, averaging 10.3 points. He’s one of four Jaguars scoring in double figures, joining starting guards Adrian Rodgers (16.0), Christopher Hyder (13.3) and Trelun Banks (12.7). Starting forward Jared Sam is averaging 9.7 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds.

The only other players to see game action are forwards D’Arian Allen, who has started each game but averaged a team-low 11.3 minutes, and Tony Nunn, who has averaged 17.7 minutes off the bench.

Nunn is averaging 4.7 points and 2.7 rebounds and Allen is averaging 4.0 points and 2.0 rebounds.

The Bleu Devils are 5-2 in their first season under former Lamar and Arkansas-Little Rock head coach Mike Newell.

Forward Patrick Thompson, a sophomore from Dutchtown High School, has played in all seven games and is averaging 3.0 points and 3.1 rebounds. Guard Jesse Ward, a sophomore from Plaquemine High School, has played in two games for a total of three minutes.

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