BATON ROUGE, La – Ahsante Shivers finally made his long-awaited debut with the Southern University Men's Basketball team, scoring a game-high 18 points and four steals, as three Jaguars players scored in double figures in a 87-70 victory over Loyola of New Orleans on Wednesday Night at the F. G. Clark Activity Center.
Senior transfer Darius Williams added 16 points and senior transfer Amel Kuljuhovic added 15 points as Southern (1-0) never trailed in the game and built a 38-33 lead at halftime.
Shivers, who sat out last season after transferring from Siena College finished 6-for-8 from the floor and 2-for-3 from behind the 3-point line as Southern finished 31-for-62 (50.0 percent) for the game. Williams, who also grabbed five rebounds to pace the Jaguars, was 6-for-6 from the floor with Kuljuhovic going 6-for-12 from the field with six boards.
Southern held a decisive turnover advantage, as the Jaguars turned over Loyola 31 times, scoring 32 points off turnovers.
Brendon Brooks, Isiah Rollins and Osa Wilson each scored 7 points for the Jaguars, who outscored Loyola, 49-37, in the second half and held a 11-6 advantage in second chance points. SU had 12 players reach the scoring column, capped by redshirt junior Lamarcus Lee Dunk with 1:41 remaining that pushed the Jaguars run to 9-0 before ending the game on 17-0 run.
Loyola, ranked No. 17 in the NAIA national poll and averaging 119 points in its first three games, received a team-high 17 points and six rebounds from Andrew Fava. The Wolf Pack finished 24-for-52 (46.2 percent) from the floor and 7-for-20 from behind the 3-point line.
Next up, Southern will hit the road to take on 2019 NCAA Tournament team the Murray State Racers, Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN+
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