PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — Southern made 55 percent of its shots against Prairie View on Wednesday and dominated the Panthers in rebounds.
Unfortunately for the Jaguars, they also had more turnovers — 28 to be exact — and that was the difference in a 78-74 loss to the Panthers at the William Nicks Building.
Southern overcame a 16-point second-half deficit and took the lead with six minutes remaining, but ran out of gas in the final five minutes.
“We dug ourselves too big of a hole, being down big on the road in conference play,” Southern coach Morris Scott said.
“We weren’t locked in during the first half. We decided we wanted to play in the second half, but in the end, they made the plays and we didn’t."
Southern (4-11, 0-2) got a season-high 26 points from Jamar Sandifer and 15 from Sidney Umude.
“We know we can hit shots. We just need to take care of the ball better,” Sandifer said. “We just got out of our comfort zone being down early.
Sandifer made 10-of-17 shots from the field, almost single-handedly getting the Jaguars back in the game.
“I was feeling it and stayed aggressive,” Sandifer said. “I was just trying to get us back in the game. I wish I could have hit a few more shots. We need to just keep our heads up and keep working hard."
The Jaguars were missing starting guard Chris Thomas (ankle), who was ejected in the final seconds of Monday night’s game against TSU. That forced Scott to adjust his lineup and created some mismatches for the Panthers.
Gary Blackston led PV (5-11, 2-0) with 24 points, while Zachary Hamilton had 18. The Panthers made 11 of 25 3-pointers, while SU only made 5 of 17.
The game was tied at 26 nine minutes before halftime, but PV went on a 20-5 run to close out the first half and take a 46-31 lead
Most of the Panthers’ run happened after Jared Sam went to the Southern bench with his third foul.
Sandifer came out shooting in the second half, scoring the Jaguars first 10 points to draw SU within nine.
Sam was called for his fourth foul — on an offensive charge — with 13:52 left in the game, sending him to the bench.
The Jaguars kept chipping away at the lead, however, with an Emanuel Sheperd put back drawing SU within 55-47.
An Eddie Reese 3 drew SU within 58-53. A three-point play by Sandifer made it 60-57.
Sandifer picked up his fourth foul, however, with 8:20 left and went to the bench.
Aaron Ray tied the game with a 3-pointer with 7:50 remaining and Sheperd gave the Jaguars their first lead in the second half - 63-62 - with a three-point play at 7:18.
PV jumped back ahead 69-65 after a 3-pointer by Hamilton and then iced the game away with free throws.
The Jaguars will return home to host Grambling on Saturday.