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Briana Green fights through injury as Southern women beat Jackson State

JACKSON, Miss. — The Southern women saw their 11-point lead against Jackson State shrink to six points at halftime Monday. Even worse, forward Briana Green had sat out the final four minutes of the second quarter after injuring a knee, and it was uncertain whether she would play in the second half. As Green’s… Continue reading →

After stumbling at Grambling, Southern women seek increased intensity Monday at Jackson State

JACKSON, Miss. — The Southern women’s basketball team was in agreement about the biggest problem it faced after Saturday’s 65-52 loss at Grambling. “We didn’t come out with the fire we needed to win the game,” guard Britney Washington said. “We played too relaxed and didn’t pick up the intensity when we needed to,” guard Cortnei… Continue reading →

Southern expects another physical game Monday at Jackson State

Advocate Staff Photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Adrian Rodgers battles Grambling's Deonte Hearns on the floor for a loose ball on Jan. 9, 2016.

JACKSON, Miss. — Southern guard Adrian Rodgers had a simple description of what he expects when the Jaguars play at Jackson State on Monday night: “a football game.” There are good reasons for that. JSU is one of the most physical teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, and Southern was the more physical team in… Continue reading →

Southern’s Adrian Rodgers, Trelun Banks shoot down Grambling 79-66

GRAMBLING — Southern started its winning streak four weeks ago with a hard-fought 66-61 victory against Grambling. Any notion that the streak might end or that the rematch would be as close as the first meeting was shot down by Jaguars guards Adrian Rodgers and Trelun Banks on Saturday. Rodgers made four 3-pointers in… Continue reading →

Southern women start the second half of SWAC play with a key game at Grambling

The second half of the Southwestern Athletic Conference basketball season begins Saturday, and the Southern women will jump right back into the championship race. The Jaguars, who haven’t played since a 66-57 victory against Alcorn State a week ago, are 7-2 in conference play (10-8 overall) and tied for second with Alabama State, one game behind Texas… Continue reading →

Two new quarterbacks fill a vacancy on Southern’s 2016 roster

Advocate file photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Southern Lab’s Bladrick Veal is one of two quarterbacks who signed with the Jaguars on Wednesday.

Southern signed two quarterbacks and lost one. The Jaguars chose to bring in multiple quarterbacks in this year’s signing class because former Capitol High quarterback Jarrad Hayes, who got his feet wet as a third-string redshirt freshman last season, has left the program, coach Dawson Odums said. “That left another window to sign a quarterback,” Odums said as… Continue reading →

Southern stays local with a signing class that has Dawson Odums focused not just on next year, but the future

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern coach Dawson Odums speaks to fans and supporters about his recruiting class on Wednesday night in the Smith-Brown Memorial student union.

Southern football coach Dawson Odums said his approach to recruiting has always been the “tank-of-gas” method. That means zeroing in on territory that can be reached in driving that requires a tank of gas or less. On Wednesday, Odums said this year’s class reflected that approach: 13 of his 24 players are from Louisiana. More significantly, though, four… Continue reading →

Southern signing big board: Check who is a Jaguar

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums speaks with Southern linebacker Daniel Brown (98) on the sidelines against Alabama A&M, Saturday, November 14, 2015, at Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

Here's a list of the Southern University Jaguars' committed and signed football players for the class of 2016. Refresh this page during national signing day to see the latest information. SIGNED Jeremiah Abby, OL, 6-3, 310, Atlanta (Carver) *Ruan Albuquerque K/P 5-10, 215, Plymouth, Minn. (Rochester CC) Bryce Beekman, FS,… Continue reading →

Southern awaits answers from its recruiting class

Advocate file photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  John Curtis' Devon Benn, left, is commited to Southern

Southern will start getting answers to some important questions when scholarship papers begin rolling in Wednesday morning. The primary questions are: Did slipping to third place in the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division after two consecutive seasons as division champion make the Jaguars less attractive to recruits? Did Southern land the players it… Continue reading →

Dawson Odums completes makeover of Southern football coaching staff

Southern football coach Dawson Odums has completed his revamped staff with three hires. Charles Cheek, who worked with recently hired defensive coordinator Trei Oliver at North Carolina A&T, will coach the linebackers; Juan Navarro comes from the University of Redlands to coach the defensive line; and Matt Leone, who was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Webber International… Continue reading →

Briana Green leads the offense as Southern women defeat Alcorn State 66-57

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Britney Washington leaps over the back of Alcorn's Ashtin McNichols as she shoots a layup on Saturday night at the F.G. Clark Activity Center. washington scored 15 points in the Jaguars' 66-57 win.

With Britney Washington in foul trouble and Cortnei Purnell struggling with her shot, it was up to Briana Green to lead the Southern women’s basketball team’s offense. She did just that, scoring a game-high 20 points and making 9-of-14 field goals in 36 minutes. Washington managed 15 points in 24 minutes and Purnell was scoreless after… Continue reading →

Christopher Hyder, Trelun Banks and Adrian Rodgers lead Southern to their seventh straight win, 75-64 over Alcorn State

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Christopher Hyder leaps over Alcorn's Devonte Hampton as he puts up a shot on Saturday night at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

Christopher Hyder, Adrian Rodgers and Trelun Banks are Southern’s most reliable offensive players, and they showed why Saturday night. Hyder orchestrated the offense expertly during his 39 minutes of play, Banks’ scoring helped the Jaguars grab the lead in the second half and Rodgers’ contributions were the key to extending it in a 75-64 victory against Alcorn… Continue reading →

Rebuilt Southern baseball team building toward season opener

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern coach Roger Cador

Southern baseball coach Roger Cador has low expectations for his rebuilt team during the early days of preseason practice. “The first week, we’re going to see if we can get on the field without getting lost,” Cador said only half-kiddingly as the Jaguars prepared for their first practice Friday. “Once we do that, we hope that… Continue reading →

SU to pay tribute to former player, coach Tommy Green

Advocate file photograph by Travis Spradling -- Southern University basketball head coach Tommy Green gestures in frustration as his team sets up on defense against Middle Tennessee State.  Middle Tennessee started the game strongly against SU.       Green is pictured here on Dec. 7, 1996.

Tommy Green may no longer be with the Southern University basketball program in a physical sense, but on Saturday night, his memory will live on at the F.G. Clark Activity Center. The Jaguars will honor the former Southern player and coach during halftime of Saturday’s game against Alcorn State with a presentation to his wife and two… Continue reading →

Southern hosts Alcorn State in key SWAC game

Southern's Adrian Rodgers (2) looks to escape Alabama State defenders Maurice Strong (22) and Bobby Brown (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament Friday, March 13, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Sole possession of second place in the Southwestern Athletic Conference will be at stake when Southern and Alcorn State meet at 5 p.m. Saturday in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. The Jaguars (6-2 in the SWAC and 14-7 overall) have won six consecutive games, their longest winning streak since the 2012-13 season. The Braves (6-2,… Continue reading →

Southern wins its sixth straight by beating Alabama A&M 73-52

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Southern's Christopher Hyder gets around Alabama A&M's Nicolas West for two Monday in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Hyder scored 14 points in the Jaguars' 73-52 win.

Alabama A&M brought the leading scorer in the Southwestern Athletic Conference into the F.G. Clark Activity Center on Monday night. But Southern neutralized Ladarius Tabb, not only holding him to eight points, 13 below his season average, but also by having four Jaguars outscore him. Adrian Rodgers scored a game-high 20 points,… Continue reading →

Southern women waste no time in putting away Alabama A&M

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Southern's Britney Washington brings the ball up the court looking for an open teammate against Alabama A&M during SWAC conference game held at the F.G. Clark Activiy Center on Monday, January 25.

After playing from behind for almost the entire game in an overtime loss to Alabama State on Saturday night, the Southern women never trailed in an easy victory against Alabama A&M on Monday afternoon. The Jaguars scored the first eight points of the game, led by 18 after one quarter and never led by… Continue reading →

Southern women try to bounce back against Alabama A&M

Advocate staff photo by  APRILBUFFINGTON --   Southern's Jadea Brundidge tries to block Alabama State's Britney Wright shot Saturday in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. The Jaguars committed 21 fouls, sending the Lady Hornets to the free-throw line 33 times.

When the Southern women lost to Alabama State 60-59 in overtime Saturday night, there was one statistic that jumped out from the box score. It was free throws: Alabama State shot 20 more of them than Southern did. Though the Lady Hornets didn’t take full advantage, shooting just 54.5 percent (18-of-33), they still scored… Continue reading →

Deeper Southern men will try to extend their winning streak Monday against Alabama A&M

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Southern guard Trelun Banks (3) attempts a shot during Southern's game against Ecclesia at the F. G. Clark Activity Center on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015.

Now that Southern has its full complement of players, men’s basketball coach Roman Banks has the most options he has had since the start of Southwestern Athletic Conference play. With guard Trelun Banks and center D’Adrian Allen having returned from ankle injuries, the Jaguars expect to have everyone available for a conference game for the first time this… Continue reading →

Alabama State outlasts Southern women 60-59 in overtime

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Southern's Skylar O'Bear knocks the ball away from Alabama State's Ashanti Spencer on Saturday  in the F.G. Clark Activiy Center. Spencer scored 15 points in Alabama State's 60-59 overtime win. O'Bear scored eight points and had three steals.

The Alabama State women tried to secure an overtime victory but missed seven of eight free-throw attempts to keep Southern alive. Then after Britney Washington put the Jaguars ahead by a point on a driving basket with eight seconds left, teammate Tashi-ana Thompson was called for a foul while trapping Durriya Sampson a half-second… Continue reading →

With Trelun Banks and D’Adrian Allen back in the fold, Southern men beat Alabama State 73-69 for their fifth straight win

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Alabama State's Bobby Brown, right blocks the ball from Southern's D'Adrian Allen while teammate Glenn Hollaway, left defends during SWAC conference game held at the F.G. Clark Activiy Center on Saturday, January 23.

Southern got a boost from the return of injured starters Trelun Banks and D’Adrian Allen. And those two got a helping hand from Jared Sam as the Jaguars needed all hands on deck to hold off Alabama State 73-69 on Saturday night in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Banks returned from a two-game absence… Continue reading →

Southern, Alabama State women battle for SWAC positioning

As the Southwestern Athletic Conference season enters its fourth weekend, the women’s race is starting to resemble what was predicted. Before the season, the league’s coaches and sports information directors predicted Texas Southern to finish first, followed by Alabama State and Southern. Texas Southern is alone in first place after winning its first five games.… Continue reading →

Southern hopes to have D’Adrian Allen and Trelun Banks back for Saturday’s game against Alabama State

Advocate Staff Photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Trelun Banks drives to the basket on Grambling defender Michael Bethea, Jr. on Saturday night at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

The Southern men’s basketball team has done a pretty good job of playing short-handed. After losing their first two Southwestern Athletic Conference games, the Jaguars have won their past four even though starting center D’Adrian Allen has yet to play in a league game because of a sprained ankle. They held on to beat Jackson State… Continue reading →

Southern women take advantage of short-handed Mississippi Valley State’s many miscues in 99-36 rout

GREENWOOD, Miss. — The Southern women kept forcing Mississippi Valley State turnovers, and they kept turning those miscues into points. The Jaguars were the recipients of an eye-popping 41 turnovers, including 26 in the first half. As a result the Devilettes rarely even got off shots, and Southern rolled to a 99-36 trouncing Monday night… Continue reading →

Adrian Rodgers, Christopher Hyder lead Southern to fourth straight win, 67-54 at Mississippi Valley State

GREENWOOD, Miss. — Adrian Rodgers’ outside shooting helped Southern build a double-digit lead, and Christopher Hyder’s late scoring kept it from evaporating. In the end, the Jaguars had their fourth consecutive victory, beating Mississippi Valley State 67-54 on Monday night in the Leflore County Civic Center. Southern (12-7, 4-2 SWAC) will face Alabama State… Continue reading →

Southern women, men take win streaks into Mississippi Valley

Photo by KELLY PRICE/Mississippi State --Southern coach Roman Banks works with his team at Mississippi State on Monday night in Starkville, Miss.

GREENWOOD, Miss. — The Southern women’s and men’s teams are both among the hottest basketball teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The women won their fourth consecutive game when they started a two-game road trip with a 78-61 victory at Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday. A short time later, the men followed them on to the court… Continue reading →