Bracing for hazardous weather sweeping through Arkansas, Southern and Arkansas-Pine Bluff have rescheduled each of their games Saturday to earlier in the day, beginning with a 1 p.m. women’s tipoff, Southern announced Friday. The men’s game, originally scheduled for Saturday night, will immediately follow the women.
Southern, which traveled to Arkansas Friday afternoon, will then go directly to Itta Bena, Mississippi, for Monday’s doubleheader at Mississippi Valley State.
Through 17 total games, life on the road has treated Southern’s men poorly.
In 11 road games, Southern has yet to collect a single win outside of Baton Rouge. It’s an obvious sore spot and a noted blemish on the early stages of Morris Scott’s maiden season as the Jaguars’ coach.
The Jaguars (5-12, 1-3 Southwestern Athletic Conference) earned wins in their first five games at the F.G. Clark Activity Center before Monday’s 65-61 loss to Jackson State, Southern’s first defeat in Baton Rouge.
Southern held an 11-point lead at halftime before being outscored 39-24 in the second half, which flipped a sixth home win into a stinging loss against Jackson State, which sits in first place in the SWAC at 4-0.
“We’ll shake back next week,” said Southern forward Jared Sam after posting team-high 22 points.
Southern's “shake back” looms against yet another undefeated in-conference club in Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-0).
“In this league, you go right back at it on Saturday,” Scott said. “We’ve got a tough one. We’ll be on the road for two, so we’ve got to find to get on the road and win a couple games to get back in the race. We just put ourselves in a bad position right now.”
Southern bumped transfer junior guard Aaron Ray to Monday’s starting lineup with senior guard Chris Thomas playing reduced minutes off the bench on an injured ankle. Eddie Reese, a starting guard, also did not play Monday.
“In and out for injuries, all kind of — sickness, discipline reasons that guys not playing,” Scott said. “That kind of hinders us as well when you’re switching the lineup so much and different guys have to do different things. We always talk about consistency, but you know, with the lineup getting switch a lot it’s tough to get that consistency.”
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Southern senior forward Briana Green remembers why the Jaguars (4-9, 3-1 SWAC) seek revenge.
Last February, the Jaguars made their only 2016-17 trip to Arkansas-Pine Bluff and left with a 63-59 loss.
“It’s good for us,” Green said shortly after scorching Jackson State for 31 points in Southern’s 86-76 win on Monday.
“Going on the road, going against Arkansas Pine-Bluff soon, we actually lost to them last year so I think we need to go there and handle business as well.”
Green helped Southern tie its season high in scoring against the SWAC’s most productive offense of late. Jackson State leads the league in scoring offense at 73.5 points per game.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-10, 1-2 SWAC) has lost consecutive games to Alabama A&M and Alabama State.