Junior forward Augustine Rubit recorded his 11th double-double of the season, leading South Alabama to a 60-58 victory over Florida International in a Sun Belt Conference game Sunday at the Mitchell Center in Mobile, Ala.
Rubit had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Jaguars (11-8, 8-3 Sun Belt), who have won three in a row and four of five since suffering a 60-56 loss to East division-leader Middle Tennessee on Jan. 5. Jerome Frink and Malik Smith scored 12 points apiece for the Golden Panthers, who had won three in a row and seven of eight.
South Alabama led throughout the first half. The Jaguars went up by as many as 11 points and took a 31-22 lead into the locker room at the break.
The Golden Panthers (11-9, 6-5) quickly closed the gap and surged ahead in the second half, mounting 8-2 and 15-2 runs to take a 45-39 lead with 11:40 to play. The Jaguars battled back to take a 52-51 lead when junior guard Dre Conner converted a three-point play with 4:56 to go. The teams exchanged leads four times before Conner made two free throws to put the Jaguars up for good with 1:31 remaining.