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Texas Southern falls to Southern; 79-71 in SWAC basketball action

The Texas Southern Tigers fell to the Southern University Jaguars on Monday evening.
The Texas Southern Tigers fell to the Southern University Jaguars on Monday evening.
Robert Kelly

Despite 24 points by Aaric Murray, the Texas Southern Tigers could not overcome the offensive punch of the Southern Jaguars; falling by the score of 79-71 in front of 1,721 fans at the H&PE Arena in Houston, Texas on Monday, January 6, 2014.

The Tigers kept the score close throughout most of the game, and tied the score at 66-all with 5:40 remaining in the match.

However, Southern racked off 13 points in the final five minutes to take the win.

The Tigers had four players in double figures; Murray (24), Jose Rodriguez with 13 points, followed by D’Aris Scarver with 11 and D’Angelo Scott with 10.

Murray also tallied eight rebounds; all on defense, while Rodriguez contributed with eight and Scott with seven.

For the Jaguars, Calvin Godfry scored 27 points, to lead all players in the game, with teammate Malcolm Miller adding 15.

TSU shoot 52% from the field and 67% from the free throw line; while Southern shoot 56% and 50%, respectively.

With the loss, Texas Southern posts a 5-9 season record while falling to 1-1 in the SWAC.

Southern is undefeated in the SWAC with a 2-0 record, while posting a 6-9 record for the season.

The Tigers are averaging 76.6 points per game with Murray averaging 24.2 points a game.

TSU will next face longtime rival Prairie View A&M on Saturday, January 11, 2014 with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off at home.

The Panthers downed Alcorn State by the score of 70-67 on Monday, January 6 and are currently 3-11 for the season.

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