Southern coach Roman Banks has been looking to develop a deeper rotation. And Monday night, he made progress in that direction.
Facing winless Paul Quinn College, an NAIA program from Dallas that has fewer than 1,000 students and dressed just seven players, the Jaguars rolled to a 96-63 victory in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.
Southern, which had played more than eight players just once previously and never more than 10, used all 11 players in the first half and wore down the outmanned Tigers (0-6).
Five Jaguars scored in double figures as Southern (4-1) won its fourth straight heading into a game against Southeastern Louisiana on Friday night in Hammond.
“I wanted to play some people,” Banks said. “I thought we started a little stale. I wanted to see how they responded without me getting on them, and they worked through it. We finally got ourselves going.”
Eight Jaguars played at least 11 minutes, and Southern had a 45-25 rebounding edge.
Shawn Prudhomme came off the bench to lead the Jaguars with 17 points, Adrian Rodgers and Trelun Banks scored 14 each, Jared Sam had 12 points and D’Arian Allen 11.
Blake Ervin led Quinn with 26 points in 38 minutes, LaDarrius Brown had 14 in 40 minutes, and Jared Mitchell scored 12 in 39 minutes.
Southern’s biggest lead was 44 points, 86-42 midway through the second half. Coach Banks emptied his bench in the second half, something Quinn coach Maurice A. West couldn’t do as every player logged at least 18 minutes, and the Tigers finished on a 21-10 run.
The Jaguars bench outscored Quinn’s bench 43-2, and the Jaguars had large advantages in points in the paint (64-32), points off turnovers (23-13), second-chance points (23-12) and fast-break points (22-4).
Southern has just four returning players from last season, and Prudhomme has been the third-leading scorer and tops among the newcomers at 12.3 points per game.
“I’ve been playing with these guys since last year,” said Prudhomme, who redshirted last season. “I’ve just been working hard to play my role.
“We started a little slow, but (Hyder and Trelun Banks) told us to pick it up, and we wound up playing pretty solid.”
Quinn made three 3-pointers in the first 4½ minutes, and the score was tied at 11, but then Southern started getting to the basket with ease and pulled away.
Allen, who made all five of his field-goal attempts and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds after returning from a one-game absence because of back spasms, and Sam both had a pair of inside baskets as the Jaguars opened a 21-14 lead.
Ervin provide nearly all of the Tigers scoring during the last half of the first half. He made four consecutive baskets for Quinn, the team’s only points during a 10-minute stretch.
Prudhomme and Trelun Banks made consecutive 3-pointers to start a 15-0 run that gave Southern a 42-18 lead.
All 11 Jaguars scored in the first half with Rashad Andrews and LaQuentin Collins scoring their only baskets in the final minute and half of the half. That gave Southern a 55-27 halftime lead.