The Rattlers (1-12) used an 8-0 run to go up by 10 late in the first half before Sam scored the last four points. Sandifer and Reese hit 3-pointers to start the second half, tying the game.
The Jags were down five points midway through the second half when Umude hit back-to-back jumpers and scored eight points in a 15-0 spurt that stretched into a 28-3 run. Florida A&M shot 1 for 10 in that stretch with six turnovers.
The Rattlers went 1 of 10 behind the arc in the second half and shot 29 percent (7 of 24), while Southern was 5 of 10 behind the arc and shot 48 percent (14 of 29). The Jags had 14 steals among 24 forced turnovers, which led to 28 points. Reese had six assists and Shepherd three steals.
Brantley blocks shot at buzzer, Charleston tops WCU 77-74
Grant Riller scored 28 points, Jarrell Brantley had 14 points, nine rebounds and a blocked shot on the final play, and Charleston beat Western Carolina 77-74 on Saturday in the Catamounts' home opener.
Dorn leads Wolfpack in 95-49 rout of Maryland Eastern Shore
Torin Dorn had 22 points and 10 rebounds to help North Carolina State beat Maryland Eastern Shore 95-49 on Saturday.
Pepperdine-Cal State Northridge postponed over wildfires
Saturday's game between Cal State Northridge and Pepperdine has been postponed because of wildfires affecting the Malibu campus.