Southern Miss Edged by Old Dominion, 54-50
Golden Eagle defense continues to shine
NORFOLK, Va. -- The clock ran out on the Southern Miss men's basketball team in a hard-fought 54-50 decision to Old Dominion on Thursday night inside the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
"If you told me before the game that we would have a chance in the last minute to tie the game, and we had a good look but just didn't make the shot, then I think we would take it," head coach Doc Sadler said. "This team is getting better, they really are."
Michael Ramey's three-pointer with 56 seconds left put Southern Miss within 49-47, its smallest deficit in 11 minutes. Old Dominion made two free-throws on the other end, then after the Golden Eagles came up empty, made one more to go up 52-47 with 18 seconds left. Ramey hit a three-pointer as time expired.
The Monarchs (11-6, 4-1 C-USA) took a 23-15 lead into the final first-half media timeout, but Southern Miss worked out a 9-2 run that was capped off by a Khari Price three-pointer from well beyond the arc at the buzzer. Kevin Holland's baseline triple for the first points of the second half gave Southern Miss its second regained lead of the game after trailing by eight or more.
ODU jumped out to a 9-0 margin, making three of its first four shots, in the first 3:26. It was short-lived, however, as Southern Miss regained its footing with back-to-back steals that led to a Raheem Watts layup and dunk by Cortez Edwards. Bilal Abdur-Rahim was the first Golden Eagle sub of the game, entering after the first seven minutes, and promptly hit his third three-pointer of the season and a free-throw that gave Southern Miss a 10-9 lead.
"It's good to see that when you are on the road, and that happens, you don't drop your heads and you keep competing and come back," head coach Doc Sadler said. If you look at our field goals, we had 11 assists on 18 makes. The only thing I didn't like was that they outscored us by 13 points in free-throws."
Southern Miss, which fell to 2-2 in the league, will look to get back on track Saturday night at Charlotte. Tip-off against the 49ers is set for 7 p.m. CT and can be watched online via CampusInsiders.
-Southern Miss' seven turnovers were its fewest since doing so twice the previous year (vs. Old Dominion, at UTSA). The previous season-low was nine against San Diego State.
-The 104 combined points tied for the lowest on the year (Nov. 18 win over Union, 60-44).
-Southern Miss has held C-USA opponents to 21-for-85 (24.7 percent) from beyond the arc. Thursday night marked the seventh consecutive night the Golden Eagles allowed 36 percent or less (sixth time of 33 percent or less).
-ODU went 0-for-7 on triple attempts in the second half, finishing 3-for-16. That's the best Southern Miss defensive showing since FIU went 3-for-17 on Jan. 16, 2016.
-Cortez Edwards scored a team-high 13 points and has reached double-figures nine times this year (three consecutive).
-Edwards also played 37 minutes, his seventh-straight game playing 32 or more (six of those are 35-plus).
-Michael Ramey went 3-for-5 from beyond the arc for 11 points. It was his third game this year and ninth of his career with three deep balls.
-Southern Miss held a 16-2 advantage in points off turnovers.
-Josh Conley picked up his first collegiate assist.