Southern University defeats Alcorn State 65-54

The Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Derick Beltran led four Southern University players in double figures with 14 points and the Jaguars defeated Alcorn State 65-54 on Saturday.

Frederick Coleman tallied a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds, Mike Celestin scored 12 points and Jameel Grace added 10 for Southern (11-11, 7-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference).

The Jaguars led the entire way after scoring the game's first six points, four by Quinton Doggett.

Southern led 31-13 at halftime after holding the Braves (4-16, 2-7) to just 3-of-27 shooting in the first half. Alcorn made it 6-2 on Ian Francis' layup with 16:16 left in the first half and wouldn't hit another field goal for 10:44, when JaMichael Hawkins' layup made it 19-7.

Southern took its biggest lead, 40-17, on Beltran's 3 with 14:35 to play.

Xavian Rimmer led Alcorn State with 14 points, Anthony Nieves added 11 and KeDorian Sullivan chipped in 10 rebounds.