MONROE, La. -- Augustine Rubit scored a career-high 32 points with 13 rebounds and South Alabama led wire-to-wire in a 77-72 Sun Belt Conference win over Louisiana-Monroe on Thursday night.
The Jaguars (7-6, 4-1) shot 59.1 percent (26 of 44), including 61.1 percent in the second half (11 of 18), one game after their worst shooting night of the season. In a 63-54 loss to Arkansas State on Dec. 29, South Alabama shot 27.4 percent (17 of 62), including 4 of 27 from long range.
Rubit was 11 of 12 from the field and 10 of 12 from the free-throw line.
The Jaguars outrebounded the Warhawks 39-15.
South Alabama built a 23-6 lead before allowing Louisiana-Monroe (2-8, 1-3) to close the gap to 31-28.
After the Jaguars built a 16-point, second-half lead, the Warhawks, led by Amos Olatayo with 18 points, closed to 73-69 with 1:12 to go, but could get no closer.
Mike Brey is looking at former Notre Dame players to fill two assistant jobs that have opened up with the departures of Martin Ingelsby and Anthony Solomon.
Purdue's 2016-17 prospects got a jolt Wednesday when forward Caleb Swanigan announced he will return for his sophomore season.
Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame says he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to school for a final season.