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Courtesy: SWAC.org

Rivals highlight men's SWAC Tournament Final

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 03/12/2016
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HOUSTON, Texas – Rivals Jackson State and Southern will clash in the 2016 Toyota SWAC Basketball Tournament Saturday afternoon from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.  ESPNU will carry the game live at 5:30 p.m.  The winner will advance to the NCAA Tournament.

The two teams split their regular season meeting with the Jaguars winning by eight in Baton Rouge and the Tigers winning by one point in Jackson.

In just his third season as head coach, Wayne Brent has his Tigers in the finals for the first time since 2009 after defeating Mississippi Valley State in the semi-final Friday afternoon.  JSU’s last tournament crown came against Alabama State in 2007 under Tevester Anderson.

Raeford has led the Tigers in scoring all season long.  He scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in first round action against Prairie View A&M then turn around Friday and notched another double-double with 11 points and 15 boards. 

JSU has five conference tournament titles and has a chance to get its 20th win for the first time in nine seasons.

Fourth seeded Southern jumped out to a 24 point first half lead only to watch Texas Southern claw its way back for an early second half lead. The Jaguars would eventually work its way back and moved past the Tigers 81-73 earning a spot in the tournament finals for the third time in four years.

Roman Banks and the Jaguars have appeared in the championship game two out of the three years that the conference tournament has been in Houston.

Adrian Rodgers leads the team and is the third leading scorer in the SWAC averaging 17 points per game Trelun Banks chips in 12.4 per outing.

Southern has only loss by a combined five points in their last two appearances in the SWAC championship finals.