Brooks Brothers

Jalen Brooks (5) and Devante Brooks (23) play against Mississippi College.

The Brooks Brothers -- sophomore DeVante and true freshman Jalen, with sophomore Aaron Lucas -- all delivered double-doubles Tuesday in Magnolia as Southern Arkansas beat Mississippi College 68-57.

The in-region game with the Gulf South Conference Choctaws was the first of two basketball games for the Muleriders during the Thanksgiving break.

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The Muleriders (4-1) have won four straight games.

Southern Arkansas outscored Mississippi College 32-16 in the paint, while also grabbing 17 more rebounds than the Choctaws (2-2). The glass cleaning came courtesy of the double-doubles that combined for 30 of the team's 45 rebounds.

The first half saw four tied scores and six lead changes, but Southern Arkansas' 39-32 halftime lead grew to as many as a dozen points on three separate occasions in the final 20 minutes.

The Muleriders played solid defense and stayed out of foul trouble as the Choctaws managed just four attempts from the line in second half action.

Mississippi College was also forced into a 27.3 percent (6-of-22) shooting clip from three-point range for the game, while the Muleriders used a first-half clip of 58.3% (7-of-12) from beyond-the-arc to help build the seven-point advantage at the intermission. SAU managed just one make in 11 second half tries from three-point range, but in the game's first 20 minutes it was the younger Brooks and sophomore trigger man Gabe Gilliam each knocking down a trio of threes that helped set the tone.

The Choctaws' largest lead of the game was five points at 9-4 with 13:32 to play in an opening 10 minutes that saw both sides struggle to find the bottom of the net. Gilliam hit a three-point shot to cut the deficit to two points and J. Brooks answered a Mississippi College bucket with a trifecta of his own to bring the Muleriders to within a point at 11-10.

Like clockwork, Gilliam sank home a transition three-point shot to put SAU up 13-11 and the Muleriders would not look back despite the Choctaws tying the game at 13 moments later. SAU closed the half with a seven-point lead after using a 14-7 run in a four-minute stretch to grab the momentum.

Southern Arkansas' second half lead would not drop below seven points in the final 16 minutes as the Muleriders had the answer for the Choctaws on Tuesday night.

D. Brooks added three blocks and along with Frank Royles added three assists.

Southern Arkansas hits the road for its final nonconference game of the season as a 4 pm. tip-off with Union University of the Gulf South Conference awaits on Saturday in Jackson, TN.

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