Jan. 12, 2008
The University of Southern Mississippi battled back from an early eight point deficit to pick up their first Conference USA win of the season, defeating visiting Tulane 71-54 Saturday afternoon at Reed Green Coliseum. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak. Tulane had won three straight games in the series.
As the game began, it seemed to be much of the same thing for Southern Miss. With the game tied at two, Tulane (10-6, 0-2 CUSA) went on a 10-2 run, capped by a Daniel Puckett three-pointer 4:01 into the game. However, that's when the Golden Eagles took over. Southern Miss went on a 16-2 run over the next seven minutes, taking the lead on two Jeremy Wise free throws. The Golden Eagles closed the half on a 29-8 run, heading into the break with a 33-20 advantage.
Southern Miss (9-7, 1-1 CUSA) controlled the second half much the same way they did the latter portion of the first half, and never relinquished their lead, leading by as many as 18 at the 10:48 mark in the second half. The Green Wave pulled to within ten (60-50) with just over four minutes to play, but would get no closer.
Southern Miss also played well in the paint tonight picking up 16 points from the inside and grabbing 41 rebounds. Both Wise (five assists) and sophomore center Sai'Quon Stone each pulled in seven boards each. For Wise, it sets career high in rebounds.
The Golden Eagles shot well from the free throw line picking up 20 points (20-of-28) from the charity stripe, shooting 71.4%. Wise scored 11 of his 23 points for the game on free throws.
David Gomez led the Green Wave with 12 points and seven rebounds. Kevin Sims added 11 points for Tulane.
Southern Miss takes to the road for its first conference game away from Reed Green Coliseum. The Golden Eagles will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to face UAB on Wednesday, January 16, for a 7:00 p.m. at Bartow Arena. The game will be broadcast on CSS.
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