BATON ROUGE, La. (Dec. 14) – The FAMU Men’s Basketball team saw their halftime lead over Southern University go by the boards, as the homestanding Jaguars rode a second half scoring surge past the Rattlers, for an 68-50 victory in Seymour Gym here Thursday night.
FAMU (1-12), playing without leading scorer Marcus Barham, used defensive schemes to keep their hosts at bay for the first half, taking a 31-25 lead by halftime. The Rattlers held Southern to 30 percent floor shooting in the first half, while they hit 42.9 percent of their field goals to start the game.
Southern (3-8) made some adjustments to the FAMU defensive pressure in the second half, most notably stepping up their shooting efforts, hitting 48.3 percent from the floor and 50 percent (5 of 10) of their three-point tries.
In fact, the Jaguars splashed three straight shots from distance to open the half to take a 34-31 lead, while holding FAMU to 29 percent shooting in the second half. The Rattlers hit just one of 10 three-pointer in the second half, while committing the bulk of their 24 turnovers in the second half.
Senior Elijah Mayes led FAMU with 15 points and four assists. Senior forward Desmond Williams added 12 points, four rebounds, along with a pair of assists and two steals. Junior guard Justin Ravenel pumped in nine points off the bench, with junior center Isaiah Martin finishing the night with 13 rebounds and six blocked shots to go with his seven points.
The Jaguars had five players score in double figures, led by Sidney Umude with 14 points. Jared Sam and Jamar Sandifer each had 13 points. Eddie Reese chipped in with 11 points, while Emanuel Shepard finished with a double double double, pulling down 13 rebounds to go with 10 points.
GAME NOTE: Southern University head coach Morris Scott is a FAMU Men’s Basketball alumni, who is in hist first season as head coach. Scott helped lead the Rattlers to the 1999 MEAC Championship, and was also a member of the Rattler Baseball team for three seasons as well.... Thursday night was the first time Scott had faced his alma mater as head coach.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Rattlers began winding down their 16-game pre-conference schedule with Thursday’s game, and will continue their wind down Sunday in Atlanta, where they will face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at 4:00 p.m. in Alexander Coliseum.