|Updated: 12/22/2012 8:39 pm
||Published: 12/22/2012 8:37 pm
MOBILE, Ala. – Augustine Rubit collected his third-straight double-double, finishing with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead South Alabama (6-5, 3-0 SBC) to a 77-62 win over UALR (8-6, 2-1 SBC) Saturday afternoon at the Mitchell Center. The Jaguars finished the game shooting 47.3 percent from the field (26-of-55) and were able to score 27 points off of 21 UALR turnovers.
UALR dominated the glass, finishing the game with a +12 rebounding margin (42-to-30), but could not overcome the Jaguars’ hot-shooting effort that was fueled by a 27-to-7 advantage in points off turnovers. South Alabama finished the game shooting 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from three-point range.
Junior Will Neighbour finished with 11 points and nine rebounds for UALR, while freshman John Gillon scored 14 points thanks to a 5-of-6 effort from the foul line. In his first career start, freshman Kemy Osse scored 11 points and grabbed three rebounds.
In addition to Rubit’s 19-point effort, Barrington Stevens scored 17 points and Mychal Ammons (15) and Xavier Roberson (13) combined for 28 points to give the Jaguars four players who finished in double figures.
Trailing 39-30 at halftime, UALR cut USA’s lead down to two when a three pointer by Ben Dillard from the corner made it 52-50 with 9:29 remaining in the game. South Alabama answered with four-straight points from Rubit to get its lead back to six, 56-50. After another bucket by Dillard made it 56-52, Roberson scored five unanswered for the Jags before a jump hook by Rubit got USA’s lead back to double digits. UALR would get no closer than seven the rest of the way.
The Trojans were able to build a quick 5-0 lead to start the game on a bucket by Neighbour and three pointer by sophomore Taggart Lockhart, but the Jaguars scored seven of the next nine points to tie the score at 7-all five minutes into the first half.
After sophomore Gus Leeper converted on a shot in the post to give UALR a 15-13 lead at the 12:24 mark, South Alabama scored 16-unanswered points, fueled by two treys each by Stevens and Freddie Goldstein, to go up 29-15. A shot by freshman James White at the 7:07 mark ended UALR’s scoreless streak, and a lay-in by Gillon with 4:25 remaining got the Trojans’ deficit back to single digits.
The Trojans pulled within five after a free throw by Isler made it 34-29 with 1:21 left in the half, but the Jaguars scored five-straight points before a free throw by Gillon at the end of the half got the Trojans’ within nine, 39-30, at intermission.
The Jaguars finished the first half shooting 16-of-33 (48.5 percent) from the field and 4-of-10 (40 percent) from three-point range. South Alabama was able to turn nine UALR turnovers into 15 points over the first 20 minutes and led 7-0 in fastbreak points.
UALR will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 29 when it continues Sun Belt play at Louisiana-Lafayette.