Southern star forward Jared Sam scrambled to collect a rolling ball as less than 2 seconds waned to 0 on the F.G. Clark Activity Center's scoreboard.
Sam's hustle turned into a fadeaway 3-point heave as the buzzer rang throughout Southern's home arena, signaling the end of Wednesday's first half and adding emphasis to Southern's first blowout win of the season — a 92-69 win over Wiley College, an NAIA Red River Athletic Conference school from Marshall, Texas.
"Guys made plays tonight," Southern first-year coach Morris Scott said.
Sam's play set Southern to a 48-29 lead at halftime, pacing the Jaguars to their second consecutive win in Baton Rouge after they dropped five straight road games to begin the season.
Including his buzzer-beating prayer of a 3-pointer, Sam steered the Jaguars once again with a game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds, his fourth 20-point outing and second double-double in seven games this season.
"I just know my team needs me to score every night, so that's what I try to do," Sam said.
Guard LaQuentin Collins had a season-high 15 points and and forward Emanuel Shepherd a season-high 13 points.
The Jaguars (2-5) were sitting pretty in all areas of the box score throughout Wednesday's win.
Southern scored 79 of its 92 total points off turnovers, second-chance points and a whopping 36 from its bench.
Turnovers? Southern committed 10 and scored 25 points off Wiley College's giveaways.
Bench points? Southern had the most of those, too, earning nearly a quarter of its offensive production from reserves.
"We're just trying to help the starters out, that's all," Collins said.
Aaron Ray returned from a four-game absence, dating to Southern's loss at Missouri State on Nov. 15, because of a mild concussion. The 6-foot-2 junior scored a season-high 10 points in 13 minutes.
"It was good to get Aaron Ray back," Scott said. "It was a good game for him to come back and get some reps in."
Southern women at Oklahoma State
Southern (1-2) is scheduled to play its fourth game at Oklahoma State on Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The Jaguars began this season with a home win against the University of Mobile before losing at Indiana on Nov. 14 and a 77-74 loss at Wisconsin on Nov. 20, their most recent game.
Oklahoma State, which has won 52 consecutive regular-season home games against nonconference opponents, returns to play its first game since the Cowgirls faced Texas and South Dakota in Cancun, Mexico, on Nov. 23-24.