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Southern Miss Overwhelms Marshall, 102-46

Dwayne Davis

Jan. 23, 2013

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss opened the game on a 21-3 run on its way to dominating Marshall, 102-46, Wednesday night at Reed Green Coliseum.

The victory was the 23rd straight home win, tying the school record that was set from 1949-51. It also set school records for most points and largest margin of victory (+56) in a Conference USA game. The margin of victory also set a Conference USA record in conference games.

Jerrold Brooks led all players with 20 points and four steals. Dwayne Davis had 19 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Rashard McGill scored 13 points and had a game-high seven rebounds, Daveon Boardingham added 12 points and six rebounds and Michael Craig had 10 points. Neil Watson added nine assists.

"The score was not indicative of these two teams," said Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall. "Tonight just happened to be our night. We made some shots early which allowed us to get into our press and turn them over, and it just kind of avalanched after that. We just started the game the right way and it's a tribute to our guys and the way they have practiced."

Marshall grabbed the opening tip and immediately drained a three-pointer. But they would be stuck at three points as Southern Miss went on a 21-0 run over the next 7:03. After a Nigel Spikes dunk, the Golden Eagles scored 12 straight points to take a 33-5 lead just 10 minutes into the game.

After Elijah Pittman hit one of two-free throws, the Golden Eagles went on a 16-3 run to take its largest lead of the first half at 49-9 with 3:33 to play before the break.

Marshall finally hit double-digits on a D.D. Scarver three-pointer, followed by a layup from Dennis Tinnon. Southern Miss answered with baskets from Cedric Jenkins and Jonathan Mills. But the Thundering Herd closed the half with a three-pointer from DeAndre Kane, as Southern Miss led 53-17 at the break.

Southern Miss kept the pressure on in the second half, opening with a 24-9 run over the first eight minutes to take a 77-26 lead. Marshall cut the deficit to 40 with a 16-5 run, but Southern Miss closed the game on a 20-4 run.

The Golden Eagles shot 63.2-percent (36-57) from the field, including 55.0-percent (11-of-20) from three-point range. Marshall was held to just 13-of-39 (33.3%) from the floor and 7-of-21 (33.3%) from three-point range. Southern Miss won the rebounding battle, 34-to-23, and had 25 assists and 20 steals.

Pittman led the Herd with 16 points and Kane added 13.

Southern Miss will play the first of three road games this Saturday, Jan. 26, when it travels to Tulsa. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. CT.

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