Jan. 2, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Southern Miss could not keep up a quick start, as they fell to Vanderbilt, 82-46, Saturday afternoon in its final game before conference play.
The Golden Eagles have now lost three of their last four games.
The 82 points were a season-high in points given up, and the 46 points tied a season-low for Southern Miss.
Southern Miss (9-4) started the game hot, connecting on five of its first 10 shots, as Gary Flowers and Buchi Awaji scored 10 of their first 12 points, leading them to an early 12-7 lead six minutes into the game.
However, the hot stroke soon went away, as the Golden Eagles were just 3-of-17 the rest of the half. John Jenkins led Vanderbilt (10-3) with a barrage of three-pointers to help them grab the lead with 12:36 to play in the half, and then continue to extend it. A.J. Ogilvy's tip-in with five seconds left in the half gave the Commodores a 44-22 lead at the break.
Ogilvy had 13 points at the half for VU, while Jenkins had 12, connecting on four three's. Flowers led Southern Miss with 11 first half points.
Play continued the same way in the second half, as Southern Miss could get no closer than 18 points.
Flowers led the Golden Eagles with 17 points and eight rebounds. Angelo Johnson and Buchi Awaji added eight points apiece.
Jenkins led the Commodores with 20 points. Ogilvy had 17 points and five rebounds. Jermaine Beal had 15 points and five rebounds and Andre Walker added 10 points.
Southern Miss begins conference play this Tuesday, Jan. 4, when it travels to Huntington, W.V. to face Marshall. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT.