South Alabama vs Louisiana-Monroe

South Alabama 77, Louisiana-Monroe 72

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MONROE, La. (AP) - Augustine Rubit scored a career-high 32 points with 13 rebounds and South Alabama led wire-to-wire in a 77-72 Sun Belt Conference win over Louisiana-Monroe on Thursday night.

The Jaguars (7-6, 4-1) shot 59.1 percent (26 of 44), including 61.1 percent in the second half (11 of 18), one game after their worst shooting night of the season. In a 63-54 loss to Arkansas State on Dec. 29, South Alabama shot 27.4 percent (17 of 62), including 4 of 27 from long range.

Rubit was 11 of 12 from the field and 10 of 12 from the free-throw line.

The Jaguars outrebounded the Warhawks 39-15.

South Alabama built a 23-6 lead before allowing Louisiana-Monroe (2-8, 1-3) to close the gap to 31-28.

After the Jaguars built a 16-point, second-half lead, the Warhawks, led by Amos Olatayo with 18 points, closed to 73-69 with 1:12 to go, but could get no closer.

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Scoreboard
South Alabama (7-6) «364177
Louisiana-Monroe (2-8)284472

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South Alabama Jaguars
A. Rubit, F3111-1210-12132132
J. Carter, F193-50-06126
F. Goldstein, G322-71-23416
B. Stevens III, G250-11-22211
A. Allen, G243-40-00058
M. Ammons262-60-08315
D. Conner212-47-1010412
T. Anderson203-51-23207
V. Juricek20-00-00000
Totals 26-4420-2839141577
 59.1%71.4% 
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
J. James, F353-71-21637
M. Brown, F266-81-230513
T. Mackey, G332-120-02126
R. McCray, G284-81-105210
M. Hansberry, G161-30-01103
A. Olatayo287-133-530518
T. Lindsey193-50-03038
K. Koszuta152-42-21437
Totals 28-608-1215172372
 46.7%66.7% 
Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
UT-Arlington14-427-945
Georgia St.12-620-13104
Arkansas St.11-720-12120
Texas St.11-722-14179
Ga. Southern11-718-15122
UL Lafayette10-821-12114
Troy10-822-15147
Coast. Car.10-820-19183
S. Alabama7-1114-18231
Little Rock6-1215-17244
App. St.4-149-21300
UL-Monroe2-169-24297
 
Other games
MICH 94 Final
NW 66
COLO 83 Final
ARIZ 92
GONZ 78 Final
PEP 62