Southern men advance in SWAC tournament _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University Jaguars guard Trelun Banks (3) drives past Alabama State Hornets center Wendell Lewis (00), Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at Southern's F.G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge, La.

HOUSTON — Guards Tre Lynch, Trelun Banks and Adrian Rodgers combined to score 44 points as third-seeded Southern defeated sixth-seeded Alabama A&M 64-60 in the quarterfinals of the Southwesten Athletic Conference tournament Thursday afternoon in the Toyota Center.

Lynch came off the bench to score a game-high 16 points, making 6-of-9 field goals and Banks and Rodgers scored 14 each.

The Jaguars (17-16) will play second-seeded Alabama State, which defeated Mississippi Valley State 93-81 on Wednesday, in a semifinal game at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Southern trailed 29-27 at halltime but outscored the Bulldogs (9-20) 13-2 to start the secondl half. A&M got within three with a minute left, but Lynch’s jumper from the lane and four free throws by Rodgers completed the Jaguars third victory against the Bulldogs this season.

Alabama State won both regular-season meetings with Southern — 63-59 in overtime in Montgomery, Ala., on Jan. 26 and 56-54 in Baton Rouge on Feb. 23.