– Southeast Missouri (3-3) fell to tournament host South Alabama (3-2) by a score of 79-58 Monday night in the Ungar Classic.
Rodrick Sikes led USA with 30 points and buried six of the Jaguars 13 three-pointers.
The Redhawks led by as many as four points on Sage Tolbert's
layup (12-8) with 12:49 remaining in the first half.
After Trhae Mitchell converted a 3-point play to tie the game at 18-18, the Jaguars regained a three-point cushion on Sikes' trifecta never turned back.
SEMO managed to cut USA's lead to 29-28 on a 3-pointer by Gabe McGlothan
before the Jaguars answered with a 10-2 run to take a 39-30 lead at the half.
USA then used a 15-2 run in the second half to put the game out of reach.
Ahead, 56-43, after a jumper by Sikes, the Jaguars drained a pair of 3-pointers, made three layups and had a dunk during their surge that stretched their lead to 68-45 with 10:35 left to play.
Kevin Morris made a free throw to give USA its largest lead at 79-55 with 2:02 on the clock before the Jaguars claimed their third win of the season.
Sikes made 10-of-22 field goals en route to his game-high and led three players in double figures for the Jaguars. Jordan Andrews followed with 15 points and Mitchell added 11.
USA shot 54.2 percent (13-of-24) from the field in the game's final 20 minutes.
Tolbert and Ledarrius Brewer
led SEMO with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Mark Laros
topped the Redhawks with nine rebounds.
SEMO shot just 21.4 percent (6-of-28) from 3-point range and missed 13 of its 16 three-pointers in the second half. The Redhawks were under 30 percent (9-of-31) from the field in the final half as well.
The Redhawks, who went 2-1 at the Ungar Classic, return home to host NCAA Division II member Missouri S&T on Nov. 27.