Jan. 2, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
The Southern Miss men's basketball team saw its 17-point second half lead come up short to McNeese State tonight, as the team dropped a 87-82 overtime decision before 3,229 in Reed Green Coliseum. The game was the last of a seven-game home stand for the Golden Eagles.
With the loss, Southern Miss falls to 6-8, while McNeese State improves to 5-6.
Down 7-3 with 14:25 to play in the first half, the Golden Eagles used a 17-3 run, getting six points from Courtney Beasley and five from Travis Hall in that span, to take a 20-10 lead with 8:42 to play. McNeese State then used an 8-0 run to get within two, 20-18, before Southern Miss closed the half on a 10-3 run to take a 30-21 halftime lead.
In the second half, Southern Miss stretched its lead to 17 in the second half, leading by that margin, 55-38 with 10:26 to play. McNeese State then used a 22-6 run to get within one, 61-60 with 4:50 to play. Southern Miss then re-established a five point advantage on back-to-back baskets from Jarekus Singleton and Craig Craft with 3:53 to play, before the Cowboys again got within one, 65-64 with 2:06 remaining, before tying the game at 65-65 with 54 seconds remaining.
Southern Miss took a two point lead with 67-65 with 38 seconds remaining on a baseline jumper by Singleton, before Cowboy John Ford answered with a jumper with 27 seconds remaining.
The Golden Eagles had an opportunity to win the game in the closing seconds, but Travis Hall missed a lay-up with two seconds remaining, as McNeese State rebounded and called timeout. But on the inbounds play, the Cowboys threw the ball out of bounds, giving the Golden Eagles another opportunity to win the game in regulation. But an inbounds play to Jason Forte did not net the winning basket in regulation for Southern Miss.
In overtime, McNeese State opened with an 8-1 run to take a seven-point advantage, 75-68 with 3:14 to play. Southern Miss cut the lead down to three on three occasions, but could not get closer, as the Cowboys put the game out of reach.
Southern Miss out-shot McNeese State 50 percent (31-62) to 46 percent (26-56). McNeese State held a 57 percent (12-21) to 25 percent (4-16) edge in three point shooting. The Cowboys also held a 40-32 advantage in rebounding.
Dwight Boatner finished with a game-high 22 points for McNeese State, while John Ford and J.T. Willliams each had 20 points.
Southern Miss returns to action on Wednesday, at Auburn in a 4:45 p.m., contest.
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