Jan. 16, 2010
EL PASO, Texas - Southern Miss never led, as they fell, 56-49, at UTEP, Saturday night at the Don Haskins Center.
Junior Gary Flowers led all scorers with 17 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Buchi Awaji added 10 points. Sophomore guard Maurice Bolden had a team-high seven rebounds, and junior guard R.L. Horton had six assists.
The first half was a see-saw battle that saw the Golden Eagles (10-7, 0-3 C-USA) trail by no more than six points. UTEP scored the first five points, as Southern Miss missed seven of its first nine shots. The Eagles scored the next four to pull within one point. That would be a theme for Southern Miss, as they trailed by one point five times in the first half, but could never tie the game, as UTEP led 25-22 at the half.
The Miners (11-5, 2-1) came out in the second half, starting with a 12-4 run over the first 6:55 to take a 38-26 lead. UTEP extended it 13 points with 7:43 to play.
Southern Miss twice pulled to within six points, but would get no closer.
Arnett Moultrie led UTEP with 15 points and six rebounds. Derrick Caracter scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Julyan Stone had a game-high 10 rebounds for the Miners.
UTEP connected on 44.4-percent (16-of-36) shots from the field, while Southern Miss was just 19-of-50 (38.0%). The big difference in the game was from the free throw line, where the Miners were 21-of-33 from the line, while Southern Miss was just 6-of-9.
Southern Miss ends its two-game road swing next Wednesday, Jan. 20, when it travels to Birmingham, Ala. to face UAB. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT., and will be televised on CSS.