Looking to make a return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008, South Alabama saw that opportunity slip away in the final minutes of Monday night’s Sun Belt Conference tournament at the Pensacola Bay Center.

Using a 14-4 run in the second half Louisiana ended the Jaguars’ NCAA Tournament dream with a 71-66 victory in the championship game. The Jags got off to a sizzling start in the first half, led by guard Isaiah Moore, who finished the game with a career-high 33 points, scoring 16 in the first half. South Alabama padded its four-point halftime lead to begin the second half, but Louisiana got on a roll of its own, tying the game at 45-45 with 13:48 to play and pushing to a six-point advantage, 54-48, with 10:06 left to play.

Tommy Hicks is sports editor at Lagniappe. Contact him at

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Lagniappe Sports Editor Tommy Hicks has covered sports in Alabama for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) Hall of Fame in 2018 and was named one of the 50 Legends of the ASWA in 2022 and was named the Troy University Hall School of Journalism Print Alumnus of the Year in 2005. He is a past president of the ASWA and the Football Writers Association of America and has won numerous writing awards. He is married to Julie Hicks and they live with Sparky, their Head of Household Security, He has a daughter, Maren.

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