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Golden Eagles Rout Blazers, 74-59

Dwayne Davis

Jan. 19, 2013

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss placed four players in double-figures as the Golden Eagles defeated UAB, 74-59, Saturday night in Reed Green Coliseum.

Southern Miss improves to 15-4 overall and 4-0 in Conference USA. It is the Golden Eagles seventh straight win and the 22nd straight home win. It also set a new school record with their 10th straight conference home win.

Cedric Jenkins led the Golden Eagles with 13 points and three steals. Dwayne Davis had 12 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Neil Watson scored 11 points and had four steals and Jonathan Mills added 10 points.

"We were trying too hard to start the game," said Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall. "We missed a couple of easy shots and our guys were just a little bit out of rhythm. But we found a way to get things going in the first half. We were able to get a couple steals and get into our press more once we started scoring."

UAB took the early lead on a putback from Jordan Swing. After Davis tied it, the Blazers scored five straight, including a three-pointer by Robert Williams that snapped a streak of 43 straight missed three-pointers. The teams traded baskets, but Southern Miss tied the game at nine on a pair of free throws from Watson and a Michael Craig layup.

UAB then scored nine of 11 points on three three-pointers from Terence Jones to take its biggest lead of the first half, 18-11, with 9:05 to play in the half.

After the teams traded points, Southern Miss went on a 22-4 run over the next 5:59, eventually heading into half with a 38-27 lead.

Daveon Boardingham started off the second half with a dunk. After two jumpers from UAB, Jerrold Brooks drained a three-pointer to push the lead to 12. But jumpers from Fahro Alihodzic and Jones cut the lead to eight points just 2:56 into the second half.

However, Boardingham and Davis keyed a 10-0 run over the next 3:33 to give Southern Miss a 53-35 advantage.

Southern Miss kept the lead around 15 points before a 9-2 run, capped off by a Jenkins three-pointer, gave the Golden Eagles a 66-44 lead, its largest of the game.

Southern Miss shot 42.9-percent (24-of-56) from the field, including 53.3-percent (8-of-15) from three-point range. UAB was 20-of-49 (40.8-percent) from the floor, but just 6-of-19 (31.6-percent) from three points distance. The Blazers won the rebounding battle, 37-to-35, but Southern Miss had 15 steals and 16 assists.

Jones led all scorers with 15 points and Robert Williams added 12 for the Blazers.

Southern Miss will close out the homestand next Wednesday, Jan. 23, when it hosts Marshall. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT and the game will be televised by CSS.

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