PHOENIX — Grandy Glaze scored a career-high 20 points as Grand Canyon pulled away from Southern in the second half for a 70-56 victory Tuesday night, handing the Jaguars their first loss of the season.
“That’s a quality team that we beat,” said Grand Canyon coach Dan Majerle, the former NBA player. “(In the) first half, we struggled a little bit. Came out in the second half and really dominated especially hitting the rebounds, moving the ball, hitting some shots.”
The Jaguars came up short despite having four players — Adrian Rodgers, Jared Sam, Shawn Prudhomme and Christopher Hyder — score in double figures.
Rodgers had team highs with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Sam and Prudhomme added 10 points apiece. Hyder had 10 points and a team-high five assists.
Southern (5-1), coming off a 73-69 win at Southeastern Louisiana on Friday, trailed Gramnd Canyon by four points late in the first half but took a two-point lead at halftime on a 3-pointer by Hyder.
But Grand Canyon went on the attack after halftime.
The Antelopes (7-1) erased a five-point deficit with dominant play over a nine-minute stretch, during which they went on a 23-5 run.
DeWayne Russell was effective on both ends of the floor, finishing with 10 points, six assists and tied for a game-high with seven rebounds.
Joshua Braun also had 18 points, shooting 60 percent from 3-point range.
“DeWayne Russell was great. 10 points, nine rebounds, six assists. That’s what a point guard does. He was terrific,” Majerle said. “Josh Braun struggled, came back in the second half and played really well. Not shooting the ball really well, got to the free throw line, 18 points. And then Grandy (Glaze), 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting. I thought everybody contributed, especially in the second half.”
Southern shot 37 percent from the floor in the second half, managing just 25 points in the final 20 minutes.
The Jaguars finish their three-game road trip with a game at Wyoming at 8 p.m. Thursday.