Southern men lose for fourth time in six games; Jaguars regular season is down to one game | From South


Gerald Liddell made back-to-back baskets to open a close game as Alabama State outlasted the Southern Men 77-67 Thursday night in Montgomery, Alabama.

Alabama State was leading 62-58 with four minutes left when Liddell made a long 3-pointer from the left wing. After a miss from the South, Liddell added a 15-foot turnaround jumper, and the Hornets were on their way.

Southern (16-13, 11-6 Southwestern Athletic Conference) has lost four of its last six games, stumbling in the streak. The third-placed Jaguars end the regular season at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Alabama A&M.

Thursday night, Southern trailed 53-43 midway through the second half. Fueled by six points from Tyrone Lyons, the Jaguars led a 12-0 run to take the lead. Lyons scored on a follow-up shot with five minutes left to give Southern a 57-55 lead, his last of the game.

Trace Young made a 3-pointer and, after a Southern turnover, added two free throws for a 60-57 Hornets lead.

Ninth-place Alabama State (8-21, 7-10) was 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the final minutes.

Liddell finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Hornets had 28 turnovers and went 25 of 47 from the field. Southern hit 23 of 56 shots (41.1%) and was passed 38-26.

Lyon led Southern with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Jayden Saddler added 18 points and Terrell Williams scored 11.

Isaiah Range had a hot hand for Alabama State in the first half. He had all four of his shots while scoring 11 points.

Overall, the Hornets made 14 of 24 shots. They led up to 13 points but Southern came back by finding their shooting touch on the foul line and by Jayden Saddler’s score.

Southern missed his first five free throws before settling in and finishing the half at 6 for 12. Saddler made 6 of 8 shots from the field and had 12 points.

Terrell Williams hit a big 3-pointer to pull Southern within 30-20 with four minutes left. After Williams drove for another field goal, the Jaguars got two interceptions and four free throws from Jason Holliday. By the time Southern closed the half with a 10-4 run, they had cut their deficit to 34-30.


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