RUSTON — For the second consecutive game, Southern went on the road and came up short at the free-throw line.
The Jaguars lost to Louisiana Tech 83-76 on Friday night in the Thomas Assembly Center as the Bulldogs outscored them by 14 points at the foul line.
On Tuesday night, Southern lost 72-67 at Memphis as the Tigers had a 16-point edge at the foul line.
“When we play these high-major programs, we’ve got to learn to adjust to the physicality of the game without fouling,” Jaguars coach Roman Banks said. “We’re not happy to just play these teams close. I like that we’re giving ourselves a chance to win, but we’ve got to find a way to get the win.”
Southern fell to 7-4 after losing consecutive games for the first time this season. It will play North Carolina Central on Monday on the first day of the two-day Global Sports Classic in Las Vegas.
Tech is 9-2 after winning for the 56th time in 57 home games.
It was the second-most points allowed by the Jaguars this season. They lost at Arkansas 86-68 in the season opener Nov. 13.
Southern made 13-of-24 free throws, and Tech made 27-of-38.
Adrian Rodgers led Southern with 23 points and Jared Sam, who had career-highs of 26 points and 12 rebounds against Memphis, had another double-double as he finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Trelun Banks had 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
Erik McCree led the Bulldogs with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Alex Hamilton had 19 points and seven assists, Derric Jean scored 15 points and Brandon Sheppard scored 10.
Tech led 40-29 at halftime, but Sam heated up to start the second half. He scored 10 points during a 21-8 run that gave Southern a 50-48 lead.
Jean’s 3-pointer put the Bulldogs back in front and a 3-pointer by McCree started a 7-0 run that gave Tech a 58-52 lead.
Back-to-back layups by Hamilton and Griffin helped the Bulldogs open a 71-61 lead with three minutes left and they never led by fewer than seven points until the final seconds.
“I like the way we came back, but they kind of had us on our heels early,” Roman Banks said. “They came out real determined and totally focused from the beginning.”
Tech made seven of its first 17 shots and Southern made four of its first 18 as the Bulldogs took a 22-9 lead.
Sam and Rodgers each made two free throws, but the Jaguars went nearly six minutes without making a field goal.
Southern’s top three scorers — Rodgers, Trelun Banks and Shawn Prudomme — were a combined 0-for-11 from the field before Rodgers made a layup. Banks followed with a 3-pointer and a three-point play and Prudhomme added a jumper that cut Tech’s lead to 31-23.
Hamilton scored six straight points before Prudhomme made a 3-pointer and Tony Nunn scored three points for the Jaguars.
McCree made a 3-pointer and Hamilton followed with a layup that gave the Bulldogs their 40-29 halftime lead.