GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - After spending the first twenty years of his coaching career at St. Stanislaus, Southeastern Louisiana head coach Jay Ladner jumped at the chance to return to the Coast for a charity exhibition game against Jackson State.
"Just walking into the gym, it feels like I'm coming home a little bit," Ladner said. "I always enjoy coming back home anyway, (Southeastern is) certainly not located very far, so I do get an opportunity to come home. My parents still live in Kiln, so it's a lot of fun. It is home, and it's good to smell that saltwater."
His Lions delivered Ladner a happy homecoming, as SLU outlasted the Tigers 57-51 at Gulfport's Bert Jenkins Gymnasium. All proceeds of the game went directly to hurricane and flood relief, which Admirals officials estimate to be around $1,000.
Moses Greenwood led the way for Southeastern with 14 points and nine rebounds while fellow Lion James Currington notched a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Jackson State guard Jeremiah Jefferson led all scorers with 15 points.