Without its starting point guard available, Southern didn't stammer.
And the Jaguars surely weren't blindsided.
Southern handed Ecclesia College, an 0-12 Christian-based University in Springdale, Arkansas, its 12th-consecutive loss in a 98-57 semi-effortless win Friday.
The Jaguars' 41-point win was their final non-conference game as Southwestern Athletic Conference play begins at 8 p.m. Monday against Texas Southern in Houston. Southern (4-9) dropped all nine non-conference road games and won each of its four games at the F.G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge.
Southern dominated Ecclesia in every aspect in the win, ranging from skill to personnel to performance. The Jaguars' win was a glorified exhibition before league play begins on New Year's Day.
"We wanted to come out and execute some things and try to get better defensively and rebound the basketball," Southern coach Morris Scott said. "We've been doing a pretty decent job of rebounding the basketball, but thought we did a little bit better today. We really wanted to come out and play a good style of basketball and defend."
Ecclesia was undersized and understaffed. Without a player taller than 6-foot-6, the Royals had eight players present for Friday's game — five starters and three reserves.
Southern applied patient ball movement to slow its offensive pace, opting for high-percentage shots when any shot in the gym was accessible against Ecclesia. The Jaguars also rotated through defenses, spending valuable in-game minutes to prime and prepare their man-to-man and zone fronts for SWAC play.
"We're still a work in progress," Scott said. "As you could tell tonight, we had a couple guys out, makeshift team tonight. We were without both point guards, so it was a little tough."
LaQuentin Collins and Aaron Ray filled the void as starting point guard Eddie Reese and backup Torrey Mayo were out "dealing with injuries," Scott said.
"Hopefully they'll be back and hopefully when we go on the road to Houston, we'll be fully loaded," the coach said.
Behind Sidney Umude's 14 points, Southern had six players finish in double-figure scoring. Ray added 12 points off the bench, Jamar Sandifer and Richard Lee posted 13 each and Chris Thomas and Mubashar Ali had 10 apiece.