JACKSON, Miss. — Chace Franklin banked in a 3-pointer from beyond the top of the key with less than a second remaining to give Jackson State an 81-80 victory against Southern on Monday night in the Lee E. Williams Athletic Center.
The loss ended the Jaguars’ eight-game winning streak and dropped them into a tie with the Tigers and Alcorn State for second place in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Southern (16-8, 8-3) hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday. JSU is 13-11 overall.
“At the end of the day, we got kind of stagnant on the offensive end and we lost our aggressiveness on the defensive end,” Jaguars coach Roman Banks said. “The one thing that stands out the most is the way they rebounded the basketball and gave themselves opportunities.”
The Tigers fought their way back from a 16-point halftime deficit by slowing down Adrian Rodgers and getting second-chance points.
Rodgers led the Jaguars with 26 points, but just one of those points came in the second half. That was when he made one of two free throws with 7.3 seconds left, giving Southern just a two-point lead before Franklin’s shot.
“That’s more on us,” Banks said. “We knew who they were going to play hard. We’ve got to go back and work on that.”
JSU had nine offensive rebounds in the second half, leading to 14 second-chance points. Southern had three offensive rebounds and four second-chance points.
Christopher Hyder scored 15 for Southern, and Shawn Prudhomme had 12.
SU players were unavailable for postgame interviews.
Franklin led the Tigers with 20 points, and his winner gave them just their third lead of the game. Paris Collins scored 18, and Raeford Worsham had 16.
The Jaguars had a 76-66 lead with 4½ minutes left, but Yettra Specks’ 3-pointer started the JSU charge.
After Southern’s Trelun Banks missed two free throws, Collins and Franklin made back-to-back layups to get JSU within three. After the Jaguars’ Chris Thomas missed a dunk on an alley-oop, Collins hit a 3-pointer to tie the score with two minutes left.
After Southern’s Jared Sam missed two free throws, Collins scored on a drive with 30 seconds left gave the Tigers their first lead since the score was 2-0.
Sam converted a three-point play to give Southern the lead with 20 seconds left, and Thomas blocked Collins’ shot. Rodgers was fouled and missed the first free throw but made the second.
After Franklin’s shot, the clock showed 0.2 seconds — but the officials checked the replay and changed it to 0.8. Sam inbounded to Hyder, whose shot from the backcourt missed everything.
Rodgers scored half of Southern’s points as the Jaguars took a 50-34 halftime lead, but JSU made a push to start the second half.
The Tigers started with a 9-2 run and Southern’s big men took turns getting into foul trouble.
Sam committed his third foul less than three minutes in and he was replaced by D’Adrian Allen.
Less than two minutes later, Allen committed his fourth foul and was replaced by Tony Nunn.
Sam returned and quickly exited again after committing his fourth foul with 15:00 left.
After the Jaguars had a nearly five-minute scoring drought, Prudhomme scored on a putback and Nunn made a layup to give the Jaguars a 56-47 lead.
Rodgers missed a pair of free throws and remained scoreless in the second half, but his teammates answered several JSU runs.
The Tigers got within six, but Banks made a jumper. They got within six again, but Hyder scored six points to push the lead to eight. They got wihin six a third time, but Prudhomme scored five points and Hyder two to get the lead to 11.
JSU got within five again, but Hyder converted a three-point play and Thomas made two free throws for a 10-point lead with 4:36 left.
Rodgers picked up right where he left off when he scored a career-high 30 points in a 79-66 victory at Grambling on Saturday.
He made back-to-back 3-pointers and Andrews followed with another as Southern jumped to a 13-4 lead.
Rodgers made three jumpers and a free throw to help build the lead to 24-10.
JSU climbed within five points and Rodgers answered with a 3-pointer.
Rodgers made two more 3-pointers in a 10-point run that pushed the lead to 16. He made a layup and Hyder added four free throws as Southern took a 50-34 halftime lead.