BATON ROUGE, La — “Tell you what, sometimes you got to get used to sleeping in your own bed. We’ve been on the road so much, coming home is like an away game now!” Southern Men’s Basketball coach Sean Woods said after an 84-66 win over Florida A&M.

The Jags came out looking like an away team. It took 4 minutes for SU to score their first points, as they shot below 50% from the field, 3-point and free throw lines during the first half.

Then they began playing to the Southern standard Woods expects from his team.

“The second part of the first half, and we just knew that we had to wrap this thing up, especially defensively. We switched defenses a little bit and our guys responded. We made shots.” Woods said.

Tyrone Lyons was a large part of that. His team-high 19 points came in an efficient 7/10 on FGs and 3/4 behind the arc. He understood the Jaguars needed to play harder in the 2nd half.

“We came out flat in the first half and we had to put them away. They’re a team that’s an opportunity team. So they were hitting shots, we were missing shots. So just coming out of the locker room in the second half just being focused, knowing we had to do. Just locking in.” Lyons said.

The Jags improve to 7-9 on the year and 3-0 in the SWAC. With Alabama State’s loss today, Southern stands alone atop the conference.

Up next: Monday 1/9 at home against Bethune-Cookman at 8:00 PM.

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