Stanley Brooks, Correspondent (@StanleyBrooksFS)
In an exhibition game of teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference vs. the Mid-Atlantic Conference, the Southern University Jaguars (3-3) defeated the Rattlers of Florida A&M University (2-7) 83-71.
The game started off with the Jags dominating in the post with rebounding and scoring. In the first half , the Jags were able to shoot 57% from the field on the Rattlers and allowed them to amass 46 points by the half.
In the second half, the Rattlers came out hot and were able to take the lead for a few minutes of the game but then allowed a 31-13 run from Southern. The run came about with a poor shooting performance by the Rattlers, with the team only being able to make 31 percent of their shots from the field and 9 percent from the three-point line in the second half.
“I thought we rushed some shots offensively,” head coach Byron Samuels said. “I thought we could have been a little more patient and taken better shots.”
FAMU’s senior guard Elijah Mays, one of the top scorers for the Ratters, finished with 12 total points and four assists. He was also able to shoot 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
“Just trying to do my best at everything coach Sams or the coaching staff wants me to do throughout the game,” Mays said.
Other players like forward Derrick Dandridge made a big contribution to the team by getting 13 points and finishing with six total rebounds. Guard Nasir Core and forward Trey-Cary Warren had a great night shooting at the line. Core 5-for-6 at the line and finished the night with 10 total points. Warren went 3-for-4 from the line and finished with 11 points.
Even with the great shooting at the line for the Rattlers, they were not able to put up many points against the Jags defense
“They were really tight on a couple of our guys in some of the action we were trying to do and we didn’t handle it the best,” Samuels said.
The Jags outrebounded the Rattlers 52-30 with 38 of the Jags rebounds being on the defensive glass. Even with the Jags dominant performance in the paint, the Rattlers were able to keep the game close by causing 23 turnovers on SU and only giving the ball up 10 times. In the end, the Jaguars were able to pull away from the Rattlers and get their third straight win and give the Rattlers their sixth loss in a row.
The Rattlers next game is on Dec. 12 versus Southeastern University in Hammond LA. Tip-off is at 7pm.