Jan. 3, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss placed six Golden Eagles in double-figures, as it dominated Dillard, 135-41, in its final non-conference game of the season.
Southern Miss improved closed its non-conference slate with an 11-2 record. It was its 20th consecutive home win and their 28th straight non-conference home victory, which tied the school record.
The Golden Eagles set numerous records, including most points (135), steals (27) three-pointers (18), largest margin of victory (+94), largest halftime margin (+45), while also tying the record for most assists in a game (40) and turnovers forced (36).
The 135 points, 51 made field goals, 40 assists and 27 steals are also Conference USA records.
"I thought it was good that everyone was able to play," said Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall. "We shared the ball very well. Our big guys had their best game tonight. We did a good job around the rim. We were able to really pressure them and force turnovers and score off of those."
Daveon Boardingham and Cedric Jenkins led the Black and Gold with 22 points apiece, which was a career-high for both players. Dwayne Davis had 17 points and Michael Craig had 14. Norville Carey recorded his first career double-double, scoring 14 points and pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds. Jonathan Mills added 13 points and nine boards. Jamie Chapman also scored nine points in just five minutes of play.
Neil Watson scored just eight points, but set a new school record with 17 assists, which is also the second most in Conference USA history.
Southern Miss came out of the gate fast, scoring the first 12 points of the game, including a pair of three-pointers from Rashard McGill and Watson. Dillard got on the board with a jumper from Tyrone Williams, but the Golden Eagles scored the next 12 points to take a 24-2 lead 6:57 into the game.
The Golden Eagles also went on runs of 8-0, 10-0 and 10-0 before taking a 68-23 halftime lead. The 68 points are tied for the fourth most in a half in school history.
Southern Miss connected on 51-of-90 (56.7-percent) from the field, including 18-of-36 (50.0-percent) from three-point range. The Golden Eagles also connected on 93.8-percent (15-of-16) from the free throw line. Dillard was held to just 37.2-percent (16-of-43) from the floor and 35.7% (5-of-14) from behind the arc. Southern Miss also outrebounded Dillard, 52-to-17.
Jaquan Green led the Bleu Devils with 15 points.
Southern Miss opens its conference schedule next Wednesday, Jan. 9, when it travels to Houston, Texas to face Rice. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.
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