Southern second half woes continued versus Grambling State

Game 1

GSU 59 - SU 40

Ivy Smith scored 21 points and Grambling State used a big second half to defeat Southern University 59-40 on Saturday.

Smith made 10 of 11 free throws in pacing the Tigers (12-11, 6-4 Southwestern Athletic Conference), who outscored Southern 39-17 in the second half. The Tigers made 17 of 25 at the line to 4 of 9 for the Jaguars (3-20, 2-8). Devante Jackson added 12 points. Grambling outrebounded Southern 41-29.

Sidney Umude scored 17 points for Southern, which shot just 33 percent and missed all 13 of their attempts from the arc.

Except for one tie, Southern led the entire first half and was up 23-20 at the break. The lead reached six before Grambling went on a 13-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer and dunk by Prince Moss, to lead 34-29 with 11:25 remaining. A 3-pointer by Smith put Grambling up by double figures for good with 6:49 to go.

Grambling swept the season series having beaten Southern 69-62 on Jan. 12.

Game 2

MVSU 70 - SU 59

Dante Scott had 27 points as Mississippi Valley State beat Southern 70-59 on Monday night.

Scott hit 11 of 12 free throws. He added nine rebounds.

Gregory Jones-Rollins had 13 points for Mississippi Valley State (5-22, 3-10 Southwestern Athletic Conference). Emmanuel Ejeh added 14 rebounds.

Jordan Evans, who led the Delta Devils in scoring entering the matchup with 12 points per game, was held to only six points (2 of 10).

Alex Ennis had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Jaguars (4-22, 3-10). DeRias Johnson added 13 points. Osa Wilson had seven rebounds.

Sidney Umude, the Jaguars’ second leading scorer heading into the contest at 12 points per game, was held to six points (3 of 10).

The Delta Devils evened the season series against the Jaguars with the win. Southern defeated Mississippi Valley State 80-56 on Jan. 21. Southern will be back in action versus Alabama A&M at home on Saturday.