Big Setback: Jaguars drive out Golden Lions in battle for first place


BATON ROUGE, La. — Arkansas-Pine Bluff took a big step back.

Any momentum that UAPB built from its three-game winning streak to start conference play went missing Saturday, as Southern shot 55 percent from the field on its way to an 84-50 victory before 1,880 at F.G. Clark Activity Center.

The Jaguars (11-6, 5-0 SWAC) now have first place to themselves in the conference and ended the Golden Lions’ (4-12, 3-1) best start in conference play since joining the league for the 1997-98 season.

“We didn’t match the intensity and we missed shots,” UAPB coach George Ivory said.

A lot of shots.

UAPB hit 30.4 percent from the field (17 of 56), including 6 of 18 from three-point range, and converted only 47.6 percent of its free throws (10 of 21). The Lions had shot better than 40 percent in each of their past three games, each of which they won by 15 or more points.

Daniel Broughton, who had double-doubles in the past two games for UAPB, had one point and seven rebounds Saturday in 28 minutes. He went 0 for 8 from the field.

“Their gameplan was to double-team Broughton,” Ivory said.

Terrell Kennedy led UAPB with 18 points and Davon Haynes had 11, but the Lions still did not keep up with the Jaguars, who had a 22-7 edge in fast-break points and 34-9 advantage in bench points.

“Even in nonconference games, we didn’t give up fast-break points like this,” Ivory said.

Malcolm Miller (21 points), the reigning SWAC player of the week, and Yondarius Johnson accounted for all of the Jaguars’ bench points. Derick Beltran led all scorers with 22 points, hitting four threes in the process, while Javan Mitchell added 11 and Brandon Moore chipped in 10.

The closest UAPB came to the lead was 4-2. With 6:16 left before halftime, Southern already had a 25-7 advantage and was ahead 33-20 at the break. UAPB drew within no closer than 37-25 with 16:38 left in the game.

The margin of defeat is the second-largest this season for the Lions, who lost by 36 at San Diego State and Michigan State.

“I think the guys played a little lackadaisical, like Southern was going to lay down,” Ivory said. “There are some things we have to work on, like getting back on defense.”

UAPB next plays at Alcorn State (6-14, 4-1) on Monday. Alcorn State held off Mississippi Valley State 72-67 Saturday in Lorman, Miss.

MONDAY’S GAMES

UAPB at Alcorn State

• When: Women at 5:30 p.m.; men at 7:30 p.m.

• Where: Davey Whitney Complex, Lorman, Miss.

• Records: Women, UAPB 5-9, 1-3 SWAC; Alcorn State 1-13, 1-4. Men, UAPB 4-12, 3-1; Alcorn State 6-14, 4-1.