Cornelius Hester scored 20 points and Alabama A&M defeated Southern University 68-58 Monday night for its third win in a row.

The Bulldogs (8-8, 5-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference) built a 16-point halftime lead and stretched it to 22 on Casey Cantey's free throw with 12:21 left. But they made only one field goal and five free throws after that, while the Jaguars (4-16, 3-5) rallied. Blake Sanford's jumper with 40 seconds left made it 67-58, the closest Southern came.

Cantey added 13 points for Alabama A&M.

Southern, which led only after the game's first basket, got 14 points apiece from Sanford and Madut Bol, who made it a double-double with 11 rebounds.

Hester had 12 points in the first half, when Alabama A&M shot 47.4 percent from the field (18 of 38) and led 44-28 at halftime. The Bulldogs took 21 fewer shots in the second half and made 35.3 percent (6 of 17).