ARKADELPHIA – Southern Arkansas fell 68-67 on Saturday at Ouachita Baptist, despite sophomore Jalen Brooks registered a career-high 22 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the floor.
His effort included four three pointers and 6-of-7 from the line.
The Muleriders (3-5, 1-2 GAC) trailed 35-34 at the half and matched Ouachita's 33 second half points in a game that featured five tied scores and five lead changes.
SAU shot 18-of-54 (33.3 percent) from the floor on Saturday and made eight of their 25 attempts from beyond the arc.
The Muleriders finished 23-of-29 from the line; a season-best for the squad when they register at least 25 attempts.
Southern Arkansas led 26-14 only 12 minutes into the ballgame, but Ouachita engineered a 21-8 run over the final eight minutes of the half to take a one-point lead into the intermission.
SAU battled back in the second half to tie the game at 48 with 14:47 to play, but the Tigers built a 12-point lead through the under-8 media timeout before holding off the Muleriders late.
The Muleriders return to action next Saturday as they host Arkansas Tech in a Great American Conference game set for a 3 p.m. tip-off from inside the W.T. Watson Center.
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