Southern’s formula worked so well Saturday, it tried it again Monday.
Two days after eight Jaguars scored between five and 12 points in a victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, balanced scoring paid off again against Mississippi Valley State.
Eight Southern players scored early while the Jaguars built a double-digit lead in the first half, and they coasted to a 97-64 victory over the Delta Devils in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.
“Guys have confidence in themselves, and they started knocking down shots,” said guard Christopher Hyder, who had 10 assists, taking advantage of throwing the ball into big men as well as orchestrating the fast break.
The Jaguars had a 50-30 scoring edge in the paint and a 29-5 edge in fast-break points.
Shawn Prudhomme came off the bench to lead Southern with 20 points, making 8-of-9 from the field, including 3-of-4 on 3-pointers, and his only free throw.
“We wanted to get the ball inside so we wouldn’t just be shooting from the perimeter,” Prudhomme said. “My teammates did a good job of getting me good looks.”
Adrian Rodgers scored 17, Trelun Banks had 11, and Jared Sam scored 10.
All 11 Jaguars scored.
“The season is winding down, and we only have two games left at home,” coach Roman Banks said. “It’s exciting for guys who don’t get to play a lot to get in and play some more, and their teammates were excited for them. It was good team camaraderie.”
The result was a season-high point total for the Jaguars in a Southwestern Athletic Conference game, surpassing the total in an 81-80 loss at Jackson State a week ago. It was the most points Southern has scored in a SWAC game since a 104-54 victory at Grambling on Feb. 8, 2014.
The Jaguars (18-8, 10-3) visit Alabama State on Saturday. The Delta Devils are 5-22, 5-8.
Marcus Romain was the only Valley player to score in double figures, finishing with 24 points.
Southern, which lost a 16-point lead in the defeat at Jackson State and nearly squandered a 19-point lead against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, led the Delta Devils 47-30 at halftime.
This time, the Jaguars did a better job of maintaining a comfortable advantage.
Valley scored the first four points of the second half, but it got no closer than 12 as Rodgers scored four points to get the Jaguars offense going.
Trelun Banks made two 3-pointers as Southern took a 62-42 lead with 11 minutes left, and the lead kept growing.
“We knew we had to keep the energy up, and guys kept coming off the bench and bringing energy,” Prudhomme said. “We knew we had to come out and play like we did in the first half.”
Rashad Andrews got the scoring underway for Southern with a 3-pointer and a three-point play.
Hyder, Sam, Banks, Rodgers and Prudhomme all scored as the Jaguars jumped to a 21-9 lead after eight minutes.
Tony Nunn and D’Adrian Allen both made a basket as Southern extended the lead to 39-24.
Andrews and Rodgers made consecutive 3-pointers to push the lead to 17 at halftime.