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