BATON ROUGE, La.-- The Southern University men's basketball team inches closer to a Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament berth, defeating Alcorn State University, 61-46 Saturday evening at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

The Jaguars (6-23, 5-11 SWAC) erased a 12-3 deficit in the first half by taking the will from the Braves, using a systematic defense to force 13 Alcorn turnovers. During, Southern's 10-0 run the Jags forced four turnovers.

The Jaguars and Braves would trade baskets the rest of the way, with Southern taking a two-point lead into intermission. Both Squads played an even match with the only glaring difference was steals (SU 7 - ALCN 2), and turnovers (SU 6 - ALCN 13).

Southern kept up the pressure forcing 11 more turnovers to their three in the second half.

The Jags' Richard Lee and Sidney Umude led the offensive attack in the second half, scoring 13 and 11 points respectively. Lee went 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, while Umude went 4-of-4 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe.

Southern outscored Alcorn 35-22 in the second half.

In total three Jaguars scored in double digits, Umude led the way scoring 18 points, Lee finished with 15 points, and Alex Ennis recorded 12 points. Jayden Saddler controlled the attack by dishing out six assists.

With the win, Southern and Mississippi Valley lost clinched a spot in the 2019 SWAC Tournament.

Southern will be back in action Thursday, March 7 with seeding on the line, Southern can improve to the seventh seed or remain in the eighth seed.