Lions roll past SUNO behind flurry of season, career bests

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HAMMOND, La. – It was a night of season and career bests for Southeastern Louisiana as the Lions rolled to a 106-77 non-conference victory over Southern (New Orleans) Thursday night in the University Center.

Senior forward Jordan Capps had season highs with 25 points and eight rebounds to lead Southeastern (6-3). Senior guard Jabbar Singleton set a career high with 23 points while junior guard Marlain Veal tied a career best with 10 assists. Junior forward Moses Greenwood had his fifth career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Joshua Filmore added 14 points, senior forward James Currington 12 and senior guard Quinton Thomas a career-high 11.

Southeastern shot 50.6 percent overall in scoring 100-plus points for the first time since a 108-69 win over Florida A&M on Dec. 12, 2016.

George Brock, who played for Southeastern during the 2016-17 season, set a University Center record with 43 points for SUNO (2-6). Teandre Jones added 14 points.

Capps poured in 17 points and Filmore added four 3s as Southeastern took a 52-32 halftime lead.

Capps scored five of the points and Currington took a steal in as Southeastern jumped out to a 12-4 lead at the first media timeout at the 15:39 mark. Singleton and Veal then sandwiched 3s around one by Funchess to build the lead to 18-7 with 13:48 left in the half.

Another 3 by Filmore and a Greenwood layup extended the margin to 25-7 with 12:26 remaining. SUNO came back with a 12-0 run over the next 3:20 to pull to within 25-19 on a Brock 3 at the 9:06 mark. Two Singleton free throws and a Greenwood layup pushed the lead back to 29-19 with 8:28 left. Currington then sailed in for a dunk off a Veal steal, Thomas dunked in putback and Filmore hit back to back 3s for a 39-20 lead with 4:55 remaining.

Capps added a 3 and a dunk off a Filmore steal to give Southeastern its biggest advantage of the half at 44-21 at the 3:48 mark. A 3 by D’Ante Russell-Hall and a Brock layup cut the deficit to 45-30 with 2:14 left. But Capps converted a three-point play off a Filmore assist, then added a jumper and a dunk off a Filmore steal to make it 52-30 with 1:04 remaining.

After Jones opened the second-half scoring with a pair of free throws, Southeastern went on a 22-0 run. The Lions went up 63-34 on a Capps layup with 17:16 left. Singleton hit two 3s, then added a layup to make it 74-34 at the 14:04 mark. Another Singleton 3 gave the Lions their biggest lead at 79-38 with 12:51 left.

Southeastern out-rebounded SUNO 50-28. The 50 rebounds were the most by the Lions since they had 51 against North Texas on Dec. 16, 2012.

Southeastern’s 79 field goal attempts and 33 3-point attempts were both the most this decade. Its 40 field goals were the most since they also had 40 against Florida A&M on Dec. 12, 2016

The Lions’ 22 assists were the most since they had 25 against Florida A&M.

Southeastern moved to 3-0 all-time in the regular season versus SUNO.

Southeastern head coach Jay Ladner:
“I thought there were some good things tonight. I was very concerned because we had a very hard-fought game against UCF (on Tuesday) and traveled back yesterday. It was a quick turnaround and didn’t have a lot of practice time in preparation. Obviously, we weren’t surprised. George Brock is the leading the NAIA in scoring and you why tonight. He can score the ball. I thought once we built a lead that our players perceived to be comfortable, we lost our intensity level. I was pleased in some aspects but wasn’t pleased in how we finished the game in terms of our intensity level and shot selection. It was good to see (the six players in double figures). I thought the first 33, 34 minutes, we really shared the ball well and got a lot of easy baskets. I was glad to see that.”

Southeastern welcomes in Grambling State for its final pre-conference home game Saturday at 2 p.m. The Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office and Southeastern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will collect non-perishable food items at the Gate 3 entrance to the University Center. The items will be donated to the Tangi Food Pantry, a non-profit organization that provides nutritious groceries to over 44,000 individuals and families in need.

Southeastern La. 106, Southern-New Orleans 77
Funches, Andre 17-32 2-6 43; Jones, Teandre 5-8 3-3 14; Russell-Hall, D’Ante 3-5 1-4 9; Funches, Andre 3-7 2-2 9; Lewis, Tevin 1-4 0-0 2; CollinsLun, Terrance 0-2 0-0 0; Brooks, ZaQuan 0-0 0-0 0; Haynes, Matthew 0-0 0-0 0; Jacob, Darrell 0-2 0-0 0; Lee, Giovanni 0-1 0-0 0; Williams, Antonio 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-62 8-15 77.
Capps, Jordan 10-13 4-6 25; Singleton, Jabbar 7-10 4-5 23; Filmore, Joshua 4-10 2-2 14; Currington, James 6-9 0-0 12; Thomas, Quinton 4-10 3-4 11; Greenwood, Moses 5-9 0-0 10; Veal, Marlain 2-8 0-0 5; Charleston, Keith 2-4 0-0 5; Polanco, Eddy 0-1 1-2 1; Gonzalez, Brandon 0-2 0-0 0; West, D’Angelo 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 40-79 14-19 106.
Southern-New Orleans………. 32 45 – 77
Southeastern Louisiana…….. 52 54 – 106
3-point goals–Southern-New Orleans 11-27 (Funches, Andre 7-14; Russell-Hall, D’Ante 2-4; Funches, Andre 1-5; Jones, Teandre 1-1; Williams, Antonio 0-1; CollinsLun, Terrance 0-2), Southeastern Louisiana 12-33 (Singleton, Jabbar 5-6; Filmore, Joshua 4-9; Capps, Jordan 1-3; Charleston, Keith 1-2; Veal, Marlain 1-3; Gonzalez, Brandon 0-1; West, D’Angelo 0-3; Polanco, Eddy 0-1; Thomas, Quinton 0-5). Fouled out–Southern-New Orleans-Jacob, Darrell, Southeastern Louisiana-None. Rebounds–Southern-New Orleans 28 (Lewis, Tevin 5), Southeastern Louisiana 50 (Greenwood, Moses 10). Assists–Southern-New Orleans 4 (Lee, Giovanni 2), Southeastern Louisiana 22 (Veal, Marlain 10). Total fouls–Southern-New Orleans 19, Southeastern Louisiana 15. Technical fouls–Southern-New Orleans-None, Southeastern Louisiana-None. A-525

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