Thibodaux, La.-- Southern University men's basketball defeated Nicholls State 106-92 Wednesday night in an exhibition game at Stopher Gym. Money raised for the event will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief through the American Red Cross.

The exhibition game was played to raise money for the Hurricane Harvey relief fund. All money will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey relief through the American Red Cross..

The Jaguars battled the first 10 minutes of the exhibition leading up to an 18-18 tie. Southern led by six points before Nicholls  finally reclaim a 20-18 lead with six minutes to go in the half. Unpersuaded, Southern regained the lead a minute later and slowly built a seven-point lead to end the first half.

The Jags outshot the Colonels in the first half 50%-46% from the field and shot a blazing 6-for-9 from beyond the arc.

The Jaguars shooting did not simmer in the second half, it caught fire; Southern shot 70% from the floor. The face-paced second half saw a combined 119 points scored. Nicholls failed to contain the Jaguars hot shooting nor mount a comeback falling to Southern in exhibition play.

Six Jaguars scored in double figures led by Eddie Reese, who paced the Jags with 28 points and shot 10-for-14 from the floor and 5-for-8 from beyond the arc. Reese added three points from the charity stripe in 36 minutes of play. Senior forward Jared Sam scored 16 points while Patrick Smith added 15. Smith recorded a team-high six rebounds.

Nicholls State's Roddy Peter was the workhorse for the Colonels, dropping 17 points from the charity stripe, and adding 12 points from the floor, to lead all scorers with 29 points.

The Jaguars heads back to the gym as they prepare to open the 2017-18 season against the University of Illinois Illini in Champaign, Ill. on November 10. Tipoff is slate 7 p.m. and can be followed on the Big 10 Network.