The Texas Southern Tigers are facing off with the Southern Jaguars. The two have played each other this season and split the series.
Derrick Griffin of Texas Southern was named Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year. Adrian Rodgers of Southern was awarded All-Conference credentials.
The Southern Jaguars come out of the gates on a 20-2. The Jaguars have been forcing turnovers and have contested shots. Griffin is called for a technical foul early in the first half.
The referees have been calling a horrible game so far. Jose Rodriguez of the Tigers was given a technical foul. The Tigers are starting to put the Jaguars in foul trouble and that might be their only hope.
The Jaguars biggest lead was 24 in the first half. The Tigers wer be able to cut that lead by 12. The Jaguars are leading 44-32 at the half. Southern was able to hit 50% of their three-pointers and 41% from the field.
The Tigers had 12 turnovers in the first half compared to the Jaguars who only had 5. The Tigers will have to secure the ball in this second half if they want to come back and win this game .
The Jaguars need to stop fouling the Tigers if they want to increase their lead. The Tigers have been to the free throw 24 times in the first half.
The Tigers have cut the lead to nine early in the second half. We have a game, Tigers are down by five. Malcolm Riley with the clutch three . TSU takes the lead.
The Jaguars have jumped back in the lead and are now up by double digits.
D’Adrien Allen fouls out for the Jaguars with 6:38 left in the game.
The Tigers fall to the Jaguars. The Jaguars will face Jackson State in the finals.
The final score is Southern 81 and Texas Southern 73.