BATON ROUGE, La. – Southeastern Louisiana sophomore guard Marlain Veal poured in 22 points and the Lions used a strong defensive effort to close out non-conference play with a 64-53 victory at Southern Wednesday night in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.
Southeastern (7-6) won its seventh non-conference game for the first time since the 2011-12 season in breaking a two-game losing streak overall and a five-game losing streak on the road.
“Overall, I thought our guys played hard,” Southeastern head coach Jay Ladner said. “I think (Southern) Coach (Roman) Banks would say the same thing, Christmas break is hard to come back from sometimes. We had a little more of an extended break than I would like. I expected us to be a little rusty but I saw a number of good things. I was proud of the way we defended, especially in the first half when we held them to under 20 percent (from the field). I felt like that was, until we got our offense going in the second half, the difference in the game.”
Veal had six rebounds and six assists to go with his 22 points. Junior guard Davon Hayes added 15 points and sophomore forward Moses Greenwood 12. Senior center Dominic Nelson had a game-high 11 rebounds as the Lions out-rebounded the Jaguars 38-30 and shot 47.2 percent from the field.
Southeastern held Southern (4-9) to 34 percent from the field and forced 16 turnovers. Christopher Thomas led the Jaguars with 16 points while Jared Sam had 15 points and eight rebounds.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first half as Southeastern took a 29-25 lead at the break. The Lions shot 35.7 percent from the field and turned the ball over nine times. Southern also had nine turnovers while shooting 23.1 percent (6-of-26) after missing its first 11 shots.
Southeastern got out to a 7-2 lead at the 15:46 mark on layups by Nelson and Greenwood and two Veal free throws. The lead grew to 16-6 on a Dimi Cook 3 and a Veal layup with 10:51 remaining. Southern’s first six points came on free throws by Sam and Thomas.
Sam drove the lane for Southern’s first field goal at the 10:32 mark. Patrick Smith hit a 3 to cut the Southeastern lead to 17-11 with 8:45 before junior forward Eddy Polanco countered with a pass inside to Greenwood. Hayes put the Lions up 24-13 with a 3 before Brendon Ganaway countered with a 3 to make it an eight-point game with 4:12 left.
Nelson scored off a pass from junior guard Jabbar Singleton to give Southeastern a 29-20 lead with 1:41 remaining. But Southern scored the final five points of the half to close to within 29-25 on a pair of Thomas layups.
Southeastern opened the second half on a 10-0 run as 3s by Veal and Hayes and a pair of Veal layups pushed the lead to 39-25 with 17:36 remaining. Southern came back with jumpers by Thomas and Tre’lun Banks to get to within 10 at the 15:59 mark.
Veal responded with a layup, then found junior forward James Currington inside for a 43-29 lead with 15:02 remaining. A Veal jumper from in the paint made it 47-33 with 11:46 left. After Sam broke a 4:31 field goal drought for Southern, Greenwood hooked in a shot and Veal drove in to give the Lions a 53-35 lead at the 9:07 mark.
Ganaway drilled a 3 to get the Jaguars to within 57-45 with 4:52 remaining. But Veal hit a jumper and freshman guard Michael Corchiani fed Hayes for a dunk to make it 63-50 with 52 seconds left.
Southeastern opens Southland Conference play at home Saturday at 2 p.m. against Abilene Christian. The game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at www.LionSports.net/listenlive and via the TuneIn Radio app.
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SOUTHEASTERN LA. 64, SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY 53
SOUTHEASTERN LA. (7-6)
Veal, Marlain 8-12 5-6 22; Hayes, Davon 6-13 0-1 15; Greenwood, Moses 6-7 0-0 12; Nelson, Dominic 2-6 1-3 5; Currington, James 2-5 1-2 5; Cook, Dimi 1-2 0-0 3; Singleton, Jabbar 0-6 2-2 2; Corchiani, Michael 0-1 0-0 0; Polanco, Eddy 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-53 9-14 64.
SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY (4-9)
Thomas,Christopher 6-13 2-2 16; Sam,Jared 3-7 9-11 15; Ganaway,Brendon 2-2 0-0 6; Smith,Patrick 2-2 0-1 5; Banks,Trelun 2-10 0-0 5; Sheperd,Emanuel 1-2 2-6 4; Prudhomme,Shawn 1-11 0-0 2; Fontaine,Isaiah 0-0 0-0 0; Weatherspoon,JaMarcu 0-2 0-0 0; Andrews,Rashad 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-50 13-20 53.
Southeastern La…………… 29 35 – 64
Southern University……….. 25 28 – 53
3-point goals–Southeastern La. 5-13 (Hayes, Davon 3-5; Cook, Dimi 1-1; Veal, Marlain 1-2; Singleton, Jabbar 0-3; Corchiani, Michael 0-1; Polanco, Eddy 0-1), Southern University 6-15 (Ganaway,Brendon 2-2; Thomas,Christopher 2-4; Smith,Patrick 1-1; Banks,Trelun 1-3; Prudhomme,Shawn 0-5). Fouled out–Southeastern La.-None, Southern University-None. Rebounds—Southeastern La. 38 (Nelson, Dominic 11), Southern University 30 (Sam,Jared 8). Assists–Southeastern La. 15 (Veal, Marlain 6), Southern University 14 (Banks,Trelun 6). Total fouls–Southeastern La. 15, Southern University 16. Technical fouls–Southeastern La.-None, Southern University-None. A-328