The Aggies used a strong second half start to pull away from the Southern Jaguars 91-66 on Monday evening. Wendell McKines recorded his fifth double-double of the season and his 32nd of his career notching a career-high 16 rebounds and adding 20 points. Hamidu Rahman nearly recorded his second double-double in a row scoring 16 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Hernst Laroche added 14 points on 10-of-12 free throw shooting and freshman Daniel Mullings went 4-for-6 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the free throw stripe to score 14 points.
The Aggies jumped out to an 8-1 lead and never trailed in the game, however, the Jaguars would keep things close in the first half as the Aggies' largest lead was just 10 points, 30-20 with six minutes to go in the half. The Jaguars would trim the Aggies' lead to just three on a jumper by Madut Bol bu the Aggies would close final minute and a half on a 5-0 run to take a 37-29 lead into the break.
The Aggies would go on a 14-5 extended run to open the second half and lead 51-34 with 14:45 left to play. The Jaguars would cut the Aggies' lead to 11 at 53-42 but the Aggies would push the lead out to 20 points over the next four minutes. The Aggies' lead would grow to 25 just a minute lead and the Jaguars would not get the lead under 20 points the remainder of the game.
The Aggies shot 51.7 percent from the floor for the game and 41.7 percent from three point distance as Wendell McKines and Bandja Sy each hit a pair. Southern shot 35.4 percent for the game and was 7-of-18 from three point distance. The Aggies were 24-of-35 from the free throw line (68.6 percent) while the Jaguars were 13-of-20 (65 percent). The Aggies committed 22 turnovers leading to 17 Jaguar points while Southern committed 17 turnovers leading to 19 Aggie points.
The Aggies improve to 7-4 on the season and return to action on Wednesday night as they host McNeese State.