Southern's Banks returns to Lion country
HAMMOND - Friday night's game between Southeastern and Southern University's basketball teams will be a bit of a homecoming for head Jags coach Roman Banks.
Banks, currently in his fifth season with the Jaguars (4-1), spent eight seasons on staff with the Lions (2-6) under head coaches Billy Kennedy and Jim Yarbrough. During that time the Lions won 140 games and finished seven winning seasons. Jags assistants Morris Scott and Rodney Kirschner also spent time on staff at Southeastern.
Southern is riding a four-game win streak with victories over Mississippi State, Tulane, Dillard and Paul Quinn College. Adrian Rogers leads four Jaguars in double-digit scoring for the season with 16.4 points per game. The Jags are currently shooting 70.2 percent from the floor.
Southeastern is fresh off a non-conference win Tuesday against Loyola New Orleans. The Lions are shooting 44.8 percent from the floor, second-best in the Southland. They're 33 percent from the 3-point line and pulling a 61.7 percent average from the free throw line.
The Lions host the Jaguars at University Center Friday starting at 7 p.m.