DURANT — Chris Roussell turned in his second-straight double-double and helped Southeastern hold off a late rally by Union and pick up a 63-60 win in the first road contest of the season on Tuesday night in Jackson, Tenn.
The Savage Storm improves to 4-0 on the season and will continue on its five-game road swing when it opens the Kentucky Wesleyan Classic at 8 p.m. on Friday against Shaw.
Roussell was impressive in the contest, leading SE on offense and on the boards with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
He paced a total of four players in double-digits as he was joined by Travis Timmons with 13 points, Steven Kohli with 12 and Andris Misters with 10.
“We never could shake them,” said head coach Kelly Green of the three point win. “It didn’t feel like we executed well tonight,” he continued. “Chris and Travis played well, not committing any turnovers, but our big guys didn’t have a good day.”
Roussell’s 11 rebounds was tops for the Storm, while Mateus Oliveira and Kohli each added six boards as SE held a 38-34 edge on the glass.
Timmons fell short of making it four-straight games with double-digit assists, dishing out five helpers on the day, matching the effort by Roussell. Neither player committed any turnovers in the contest as the Storm finished with just nine as a team.
Timmons did pick up three steals in the game, while Roussell added two.
Southeastern was very consistent shooting the ball, hitting 48.5 percent in the first half and 48.1 percent in the second.
The Storm defense held Union to 37.1 percent shooting from the field on the day, but saw their foes sink eight three pointers and hit five more free throws in the game to keep things close.
SE held a 38-22 advantage in points in the paint as well as a 13-8 edge in points off turnovers, while UU turned in a 12-8 edge in second chance points and a 22-13 advantage in points off the bench.
The teams traded buckets to open the game, but SE would quickly seize control and push its lead out to 12-5 early.
Union would reel off a quick run to take a pair of one-point leads before the Storm would again pull out in front and hold the lead for the remainder of the game, pushing the advantage to nine points before settling on a 35-28 lead at halftime.
SE would maintain that lead until midway through the second half when UU used a scoring spurt to take a pair of leads, first at 50-49 and again at 52-51.
Timmons would then answer with a three pointer and the Storm would not trail again in the contest.
The lead would grow to as many as six points, but would stand at just three points when a three pointer from Union’s Corieon Pearson would rattle in and out to preserve Southeastern’s 63-60 win.