PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas -- Jameel Grace scored 21 points and Michael Celestin added 18 to lead Southern to a 73-65 victory against Prairie View A&M in the Southwestern Athletic Conference opener for both teams on Tuesday night.
Derick Beltran had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Jaguars (5-9, 1-0).
Ronald Wright, with 14 points, was the only player to score in double figures for the Panthers (4-10, 0-1), who shot just 37.1 percent (23 of 62) from the floor.
A 23-5 run over an 8:03 stretch of the second half gave Southern control. Celestin had 10 points and made two 3-pointers while Grace added seven points during the surge, which gave the Jaguars a 64-47 lead with 9:56 remaining.