By any means, Thursday's game was far from ordinary.
Other than the normalcy of a basketball game, Southern's Thursday night duel with Florida A&M was woven into abnormal circumstances.
First, the setting was much different, but the result was not. Southern (3-8), which has yet to lose in Baton Rouge, earned its third home win with a 68-50 pounding of one-win Florida A&M (1-12) and snapped a three-game losing streak in the process.
Tucked into Clifford Seymour Gym, a cozier and quaint neighboring gym next to Southern's usual home, the F.G. Clark Activity Center, the Jaguars were bumped out of their home arena Thursday as the University's commencement ceremony is scheduled in the home dome Friday.
"You could really feel the atmosphere of the crowd a little bit at times," Southern coach Morris Scott said. "I thought the guys fed off that a lot."
"They kept us going," guard Aaron Ray said.
Thursday's win was Scott's third at home since taking the reign of Southern's program as head coach prior to this season. And it just so happened to be against Florida A&M, Scott's alma mater.
"It's a little sweeter to fight against those guys and come out on top," said Scott, who led FAMU to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in school history in 1999.
More than a month into Southern's 2017-18 basketball season, the Jaguars remained undefeated in Louisiana with consecutive wins against Tennessee-Martin and Wiley College in late November and then the third against the Rattlers.
Florida A&M rattled Southern with a 1-2-2 press for much of Thursday's first half, disrupting the Jaguars' oncoming half-court offense and eventually stalling Southern to 25 points through one half.
The Jaguars committed 12 turnovers before halftime and just three in the final 20 minutes, where Florida A&M applied as much pressure to Southern as the first half.
Southern was forced to solve Florida A&M's bullish defense — and it did.
The Jaguars began the second half with a three 3-balls, another deep mid-range jumper from star forward Jared Sam and forced multiple turnovers to lead 36-33 with 15-plus minutes to go until the final horn — a momentous and sudden surge that propelled Southern to outscore FAMU 43-19 in the final half.
"We were able to figure a couple things out," Scott said.