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Southern falls to Alabama State 63-59 in OT

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University Jaguars head coach Roman Banks coaches against Mississippi Valley State, Monday, Jan. 19, at Southern's F. G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Southern men’s basketball coach Roman Banks and his staff lingered in the hallway outside the visitors locker room after the game Monday night in the Dunn-Oliver Acadome. Banks was trying to find the right words with which to address his team after a 63-59 overtime loss to Alabama State that determined first place… Continue reading →

Despite rough final few minutes, Southern women hold off Alabama State 53-49

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Southern women’s basketball team seemed to be rolling toward its fifth consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference victory. The Jaguars led Alabama State by double figures for nearly all of the first 34 minutes, but then everything changed. They started missing shots and turning the ball over, and they watched their lead shrink… Continue reading →

Southern men set for Monday showdown at Alabama State

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern guard Christopher Hyder, right, says the Jaguars have picked up their intensity and focus for conference play.

The hottest men’s basketball teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday when Alabama State hosts Southern in Montgomery, Alabama. The Hornets (10-5 overall) lead the SWAC after winning their first six conference games. The Jaguars (9-12) are 6-1 in the conference after winning their past five to move into a tie with… Continue reading →

Southern women seek road sweep

It’s one down, one to go for the Southern women’s basketball team. They began their farthest Southwestern Athletic Conference road trip with a convincing 77-55 victory at Alabama A&M on Saturday. Now, the Jaguars, who have won four straight games by an average margin of 21 points, visit Alabama State on Monday in Montgomery. “The Alabama… Continue reading →

Jaguars men shut down Alabama A&M at end

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Southern used its defense to come away with an important road win in a Southwestern Athletic Conference men’s basketball game Saturday night at Elmore Gym. The Jaguars held Alabama A&M to three points in the final four-plus minutes to escape with a 65-58 victory before an announced crowd of 1,327. “Our… Continue reading →

Kendra Coleman back leading as Southern women trip Alabama A&M

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Kendra Coleman hadn’t been herself lately, and Southern women’s basketball coach Sandy Pugh let her know it. Coleman, the Jaguars’ senior shooting guard, hadn’t been the kind of leader Pugh wanted her to be through the first half of the season. That changed over the past few days, and it carried over… Continue reading →

Southern eyes slower pace in Saturday’s game at Alabama A&M

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University Jaguars guard Trelun Banks (3) drives past Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils guard Jurmelle Hall (42), Monday, Jan. 19, at Southern's F. G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge.

The Southern men’s basketball team had fun running up and down the court with Mississippi Valley State in a 79-55 victory Monday night. The Jaguars took advantage of the Delta Devils’ trapping defense to compile their highest point total against NCAA competition this season. “It’s fun playing that way,” guard Tre Lynch said. “As a team, we don’t… Continue reading →

Southern women focus on defense ahead of trip to Alabama A&M and Alabama State

The Southern women’s basketball team has won its past three games and has moved within a half-game of first place in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. How the Jaguars perform over the next three days could have a significant impact on where they stand when they return home from their annual two-game trip to Alabama. Southern (6-10, 4-2) is… Continue reading →

Southern ready for baseball practice

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Southern's D.J. Wallace fouls a pitch on Saturday against Grambling.

The Southern baseball team doesn’t start practice until Friday, but already the Jaguars are ahead of where they were at this time last year. Coach Roger Cador and his staff have a clearer idea of who will fill the most prominent roles. Most of the roles were determined during preseason last season. Though positions can still… Continue reading →

Southern’s Willie Quinn named to Black College All-American team

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern wide receiver Willie Quinn runs along the Alcorn State sideline on his way to the end zone on an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown in the SWAC Championship Game.

Southern wide receiver Willie Quinn, former Glen Oaks High School running back Johnta’ Hebert and former Edna Karr High School defensive back Devon Francois were named to the 2014 SBN Sports Black College All-American team Wednesday. First-year Grambling coach Broderick Fobbs was named the SBN Sports Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year. Quinn, a junior from… Continue reading →

Southern to open its 2017 season at Texas-San Antonio in the Alamodome

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums coaches from the sidelines against Mississippi Valley State, Saturday, Nov. 15, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

. Southern will open the 2017 football season against Texas-San Antonio in the Alamodome.

The announcement was made in a news release posted on UTSA’s website Tuesday. The game will be played Sept. 2, 2017.

The Roadrunners, coached by former University of Miami head coach Larry Coker, were 4-8 and 3-5 in Conference USA last season.

The Jaguars… Continue reading →

Southern's women's basketball team rebounds with strong wins

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University Lady Jaguars forward/center Jasmine Jefferson (15) grapples for control of the ball with Mississippi Valley State Devilettes forward Ashley Beals (20), Monday, Jan. 19, at Southern's F. G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge.

. The Southern women’s basketball team seems to have righted the ship after a rough start to the Southwestern Athletic Conference season. The Jaguars, who are the defending conference champions and preseason pick to repeat, lost two of their first three games, matching their loss total for the 18-game SWAC schedule last season. But since… Continue reading →

Southern men's basketball team finds it inside-outside balance, but still can't gain much in the SWAC standings

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University Jaguars head coach Roman Banks coaches against Mississippi Valley State, Monday, Jan. 19, at Southern's F. G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge.

. The Southern men’s basketball team has won its last four games, but it hasn’t been able to make any headway at the top of the Southwestern Athletic Conference standings. That’s because neither Alabama State nor Texas Southern has lost a conference game yet. Both are 5-0 – Texas Southern has beaten Southern and Alabama State… Continue reading →

Southern men cruise past MVSU for their fourth straight victory

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern guard Christopher Hyder, right, says the Jaguars have picked up their intensity and focus for conference play.

The Southern and Mississippi Valley State men’s basketball teams played at a fast-scoring pace in the first half Monday night. Then, they played at a slower pace in the second half. The Jaguars were better at both, and that led to a 79-55 victory in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. “We ran with them early,”… Continue reading →

Kendra Coleman’s return sparks Jaguars

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University Lady Jaguars forward/center Jasmine Jefferson (15) grapples for control of the ball with Mississippi Valley State Devilettes forward Ashley Beals (20), Monday, Jan. 19, at Southern's F. G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge.

Kendra Coleman found herself sitting on the Southern bench 35 seconds into the game against Mississippi Valley State on Monday. That’s how long it took coach Sandy Pugh to realize her senior leader wasn’t properly focused as her lack of aggression helped the Delta Devilettes get an offensive rebound and draw a foul on the game’s first… Continue reading →

Southern men try to extend streak

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Forward Jared Sam, left, and the Jaguars have a three-game win streak as they face Mississippi Valley State on Monday night in  the F.G. Clark Center.

The Southern men’s basketball team played 18 games before it managed to win two games in a row. It extended that streak to three when it beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 70-60 on Saturday, and it will look to make it four in a row when it plays Mississippi Valley State on Monday in the F.G.… Continue reading →

Southern women host Valley

Advocate file photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Britney Washington, left, and the Southern women are using their depth and pressure defense as they prepare for Mississippi Valley State on Monday night in the F.G. Clark Activity Center..

The Southern women’s basketball team completes the first third of its Southwestern Athletic Conference schedule when it plays Mississippi Valley State on Monday in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Tip-off is 5:30 p.m., and the game will be shown live on CST. The Jaguars (5-10, 3-2) appear to have a found a weapon they can use… Continue reading →

Jaguars use size to beat UAPB

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Adrian Rodgers drives to the basket between Arkansas Pine Bluff defenders DeAndre McIntyre, left, and Ghiavonni Robinson on Saturday night at F.G. Clark Activity Center. Rodgers scored 10 points in the Jaguars' 70-60 win.

Southern was the bigger team Saturday night. The Jaguars are a perimeter-oriented team that starts just two frontcourt players, but they found a team even more perimeter-oriented in Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Golden Lions’ frontcourt starters were 6-foot-7 Devin Berry and two 6-6 players — Thaddeus Handley Jr. and Trent Whiting. Southern’s… Continue reading →

Southern women shut down UAPB

One of the goals for the Southern women’s basketball this season was to apply more defensive pressure to create more turnovers and fast-break points. The Jaguars did just that in their 69-42 victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday at the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Southern forced 24 turnovers, scored 30 points off of them, and had 14 fast-break… Continue reading →

Entering matchup with Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Southern’s defense leads the way in the SWAC

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University Jaguars head coach Roman Banks and players on the bench applaud after Southern University Jaguars forward Keith Davis (4) makes two free throws after being fouled by Texas Southern Tigers forward Jason Carter (23), Monday, Jan. 5, at the F.G. Clark Center on Southern's campus in Baton Rouge

The Southern men’s basketball team faced a lot of uncertainty going into this season. The team had just two returning starters from last season and no proven scorer in the frontcourt. The biggest key to the team’s success, coach Roman Banks said, was going to be its ability to play defense. A road-heavy nonconference schedule against… Continue reading →

Southern shuts down Jackson State

JACKSON, Miss. — Trelun Banks and Adrian Rodgers provided just enough offense and the Southern defense made sure Jackson State couldn’t muster enough in the Jaguars 60-52 victory Monday night at the Lee A. Williams Athletic and Assembly Center. Banks scored 16 points and Rodgers had 15 while Southern held the Tigers to 34.6… Continue reading →

Jasmine Jefferson’s double-double lifts Southern women over Jackson State

JACKSON, Miss. — Jasmine Jefferson walked out of the visitors locker room Monday night and proclaimed what already was obvious. “First let me say, finally,” Southern’s senior post player said, “that Jas Jefferson is back.” Jefferson, a preseason all-Southwestern Athletic Conference player, has played below expectations for much of the season. But she had… Continue reading →

Joell Hopkins finding niche with Jaguars

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Joell Hopkins attempts a pass after securing a rebound as Dillard's Roland Szabo defends on the play.

JACKSON, Miss. — Joell Hopkins has made a pretty good case for keeping his newly adopted jersey number. The Southern forward switched from No. 35 to No. 1 on Saturday because Thomas Pierre-Louis was injured and didn’t need his usual number. Hopkins responded with eight points, a steal and a rebound during a five-minute second-half… Continue reading →

Southern women seeking leadership

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Kendra Coleman advances the ball up court while guarded by Florida A&M's Khadejra Young earlier this season.

JACKSON, Miss. — The Southern women’s basketball team has played just three Southwestern Athletic Conference games, but it hasn’t looked like the team that was picked to win the regular-season title. The Jaguars (2-10 overall) beat Prairie View in their conference opener before losing to Texas Southern. Then came a 57-56 loss in the league… Continue reading →

Southern women falter at Grambling

GRAMBLING — The Southern women’s basketball team seemed to have control of its game against Grambling on Saturday at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. The Jaguars had a seven-point lead with less than five minutes remaining but lost control the rest of the way. They scored just four more points and watched the… Continue reading →

NCAA extends Southern's postseason ban

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Brian McCain (45) will see you in Houston following the Jaguars' 52-45 win over Grambling in the 41st annual Bayou Classic, Saturday, Nov. 29, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

There’s no end in sight for Southern’s NCAA postseason ban. The Jaguars learned Friday that the NCAA subcommittee on data collection and reporting has extended the ban, which began in 2013 because Southern submitted “unusable data” on student-athletes’ Academic Progress Rates to the NCAA. The original postseason ban expired last month when NCAA representatives visited the… Continue reading →

Southern men seek first road win

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University Jaguars head coach Roman Banks and players on the bench applaud after Southern University Jaguars forward Keith Davis (4) makes two free throws after being fouled by Texas Southern Tigers forward Jason Carter (23), Monday, Jan. 5, at the F.G. Clark Center on Southern's campus in Baton Rouge

The Southern men’s basketball team came up just short in its last-second 59-58 loss to Texas Southern on Monday night. But along the way, the Jaguars might have found something important. They trailed by two points about five minutes into the second half Monday when Trelun Banks threw the ball inside to Keith Davis, who made… Continue reading →

Southern women travel to Grambling

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Southern women's coach Sandy Pugh encourages her team Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, during the Jaguars' game against Mobile at F.G. Clark Activity Center.

The Southern women’s basketball team won its first eight Southwestern Athletic Conference games on its way to the league’s regular-season title last season. The Jaguars were picked in the preseason to repeat, but doing so will require overcoming a much earlier loss than last season. Southern fell to 1-1 in league play when it lost at… Continue reading →

Southern 2015 football schedule will include Georgia, Louisiana Tech

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- The Southern Jaguars get pumped up in the tunnel before taking the field prior to kickoff against Arkansas Pine Bluff, Saturday, Oct. 4, in Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

The Southern football team will open the season with an in-state road game for the second consecutive season in 2015. The Jaguars, who finished 9-4 overall and won the Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division last season, will begin the season against Louisiana Tech on Sept. 5 in Ruston. Last year, Southern opened the season with a… Continue reading →

Texas Southern tops Southern 59-58 after a wild final few seconds

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern guard Tre Lynch drives past Texas Southern guard Madarious Gibbs on Monday at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

For most of the game, it looked like Southern and Texas Southern were destined for a photo finish Monday night. But the number of twists and turns in the final moments would have been almost impossible to predict. In a game that was tied 10 times, there were four dramatic possessions in the final 10 seconds.… Continue reading →

Key areas don’t go the way of the Southern women in a 62-48 loss to Texas Southern

The Southern women’s basketball team had a pretty simple plan for its game against Texas Southern on Monday night. “Going into this game,” Jaguars coach Sandy Pugh said afterward, “I thought the biggest factors were defensive intensity — make sure our rotations were solid — and we definitely needed to rebound.” Texas Southern got… Continue reading →

Consistency is goal for Southern men

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern guard Christopher Hyder leaps as he passes the ball while guarded by Champion Baptist defender Stephen Hurst on Tuesday night.

Southern men’s basketball coach Roman Banks has been looking for more consistency from his team all season. The Jaguars (4-11) were up and down during a pre-conference schedule comprising 10 road games and four home games. Even though Southern won its Southwestern Athletic Conference opener against Prairie View 68-56 on Saturday, its… Continue reading →

Southern women seek team effort

The Southern women’s basketball team won its Southwestern Athletic Conference opener despite its senior leaders having sub-par performances. Kendra Coleman scored nine points down the stretch to help seal a 67-51 victory against Prairie View on Saturday, but she shot just 3-of-15, including 1-of-8 on 3-pointers. Jasmine Jefferson made the Jaguars first two baskets… Continue reading →

Defense carries Southern over Prairie View 68-56

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Southern's Trelun Banks shoots two over Prairie View's Karim York on Saturday at F.G. Clark Activity Center. Banks scored 17 points and had four steals in the Jaguars' 68-56 Southwestern Athletic Conference win.

The Southern men’s basketball team rode its defense in the second half to a 68-56 victory against Prairie View in their Southwestern Athletic Conference opener Saturday at the F.G. Clark Activity Center. The Jaguars (4-11 overall) outscored the Panthers (2-12) 41-24 in the second half, allowing just 8-of-28 field goals, including 1-of-8 on 3-pointers. The pivotal… Continue reading →

Southern men begin SWAC play

The Southern men’s basketball logged a lot of miles during its non-conference schedule as it prepared for Southwestern Athletic Conference play. It’s road games included short trips to New Orleans and Oxford, Miss., longer trips to Niceville, Fla., and Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Waco, Texas; and even longer trips to Minnesota, Iowa, Wyoming and Hawaii. Now the… Continue reading →

Southern women face Prairie View

The Southern women’s basketball team hasn’t played a game in nearly two weeks. The Jaguars (2-8) completed their nonconference schedule with losses to Florida (78-49) and Georgia Southern (68-52) in the Gator Holiday Classic on Dec. 21-22. So they have had plenty of time to enjoy the holidays and also hone their game for the start… Continue reading →

Southern falls 71-57 at Hawaii

HONOLULU — Stefan Jovanovic and Aaron Valdes each scored 13 points, and Hawaii led almost the entire way in a 71-57 win over Southern on Monday night. Hawaii (11-4) pulled away during the middle of the second half with a 17-2 run to take its largest lead at 58-34. Southern (3-11) had runs of… Continue reading →

Southern men visit Hawaii

The Southern men’s basketball team completes its pre-conference schedule when it plays at Hawaii at 11 p.m. on Monday. The first month-and-a-half of the season have not been kind to the Jaguars’ record (3-10), but even before the season ever began, coach Roman Banks knew the 2014 portion of the schedule was going to be extremely challenging.… Continue reading →

Southern men hang tough with No. 22 Baylor but fall 70-66

Southern forward Keith Davis, left, is guarded by Baylor forward Johnathan Motley during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in Waco, Texas.  Baylor won 70-66. (AP Photo/Rod Aydelotte)

WACO, Texas — Baylor made its season debut in the Top 25, then had to make its free throws to avoid an upset. Johnathan Motley’s tip-in with 6:09 left was the last basket for the No. 22 Bears on Monday, but the Bears made 11 of their 12 free throws the rest of the way… Continue reading →

Dawson Odums is staying at Southern, Bethune-Cookman promotes assistant head coach Terry Sims to head coach

Advocate file photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Southern coach Dawson Odums gets fitted for a cowboy hat as he and players celebrate their 52-45 win over Grambling in the Bayou Classic last month in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Southern coach Dawson Odums isn’t going to Bethune-Cookman. The Wildcats received permission from the Jaguars on Friday morning to interview Odums, who has led Southern to the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship games in each of his two seasons as head coach. But they apparently never met with Odums, who was defensive line coach at Bethune-Cookman from… Continue reading →

Southern ends road trip at Baylor

The Southern men’s basketball team completes a quick road trip out West when it visits Baylor at 7 p.m. Monday in Waco, Texas. The game comes two days after the Jaguars (3-9) lost at Wyoming 57-39. That game continued a good-news, bad-news trend for Southern. The good news is the Jaguars have been showing signs of… Continue reading →

Southern women visit Florida

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Jasmine Jefferson looks to pass the ball on Wednesday night against Florida A&M during a home game.

The Southern women’s basketball team has one more road trip to make before it begins Southwestern Athletic Conference play next month. The Jaguars (2-6) play Florida in the Gator Holiday Classic at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Gainesville, Fla., then face Eastern Washington or Georgia Southern on Monday. It’s the last opportunity for the team to hone… Continue reading →

Bethune-Cookman gets permission to talk to Southern coach Dawson Odums

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Dawson Odums

For the second time in a year, another university is looking at Southern football coach Dawson Odums as a candidate for its vacant head coaching position. Last season, it was North Carolina Central that interviewed Odums, who turned down his alma mater before signing a new contract with the Jaguars. On Friday, Bethune-Cookman received permission from Southern… Continue reading →