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Southern women try to extend streak

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJORSouthern's Britney Washington prepares to pass the ball against Mobile at F.G. Clark Activity Center earlier this season.

The Southern women’s basketball team concludes the first half of the Southwestern Athletic Conference season when it visits Alcorn State at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Jaguars (6-2 and 8-10 overall) have come a long way since a rocky start to the conference schedule. The preseason favorite lost two its first three games, matching its loss total… Continue reading →

Southern men seek two good halves

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUKSouthern coach Roman Banks speaks with forward Keith Davis during a timeout against Mississippi Valley State earlier this month.

The Southern men’s basketball team is in third place in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. If the Jaguars had come up with one more basket or one more defensive stop at the right moment in their two losses, they’d be undefeated in the SWAC and sitting all alone in first place. That’s how close they are to… Continue reading →

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 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 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 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 →

West Monroe’s John Washington commits to Tulane

Tulane players take the field before their game against Rutgers on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Although Tulane commitment John Washington flew under the radar in recruiting circles, his high school coach expects him to excel in New Orleans. Washington, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive tackle from West Monroe, committed earlier this week after taking an official visit last weekend. He chose Tulane over Louisiana Tech. “He worked hard in the… 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 →

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 →

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 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 →