A 19-1 University of South Alabama run in the second half was more than enough as the Jaguar men's basketball team out ran cross-town rival Spring Hill 81-53 on Friday night.
South Alabama outscored Spring Hill 44-27 in the second half alone while converting 53.1 percent from the floor, compared to only 37.5 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
Augustine Rubit of Houston, Texas, recorded a double-double in his first official collegiate game with 16 points and 15 rebounds. He had 15 points and nine rebounds in the first half alone.
The Jaguars led by 11 at halftime and by 12 when they started their back-breaking run. Sophomore Rico Sanders from College Park, Ga., scored all 12 of his points from beyond the arc in that 4:31 span with four trifectas on four straight attempts.
Sanders accounted for 12 of the team's 19 points during the run and senior Tim Williams of Pontiac, Mich., finished off the rally with two free throws and a lay-up for a 30-point lead.
Spring Hill missed 10 consecutive shots at one point while South Alabama converted on 6-of-8 attempts.
South Alabama led by 11 at halftime despite poor free-throw shooting. After USA made seven of its first eight at the charity stripe, the team proceeded to miss 14 of its next 16.
Junior guard Steve Edwards of Newton, Miss., came off the bench to hit a game-high 17 points for the Badgers and junior guard Kyle Watkins from Montgomery, Ala., reached double-digits with 10 points. Senior center Nick Brown of Rota, Spain, who came into the game averaging 23 points and 10 rebounds, was held to four points while battling foul trouble.
"I think (head coach) Robert (Thompson) does a very good job of getting his guys to be disciplined and run their stuff and, I guarantee you, if you don't help from the back side, (Brown) is going to score a whole bunch of lay-ups," said Arrow. "We took away the back side."
Spring Hill (1-1) will travel to Rome, Ga., on Friday to face Shorter University (2-0) in a non-conference match beginning at 7 pm. (8 p.m. E.S.T.)
Courtesy USA Sports Information Department