Jan. 24, 2007
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Sai'Quon Stone and Craig Craft led four Southern Miss players in double figures with 19 points each, as the Golden Eagles collected a 83-72 Conference USA men's basketball victory over East Carolina here Wednesday night at Reed Green Coliseum.
Stone tallied a season-high point total as Jeremy Wise added 15 points, while Courtney Beasley poured in 12. The Golden Eagles (13-5, 3-2) won for the second straight time and in the second consecutive meeting over the Pirates. It was also the first time in eight games Southern Miss had at least three players score in double figures.
ECU (5-13, 0-5) lost its fifth straight and 12th game in the last 13 outings. Darrell Jenkins tallied a game-high 25 points for the Pirates while Courtney Captain added 20 and Cory Farmer tallied 10.
After rallying from an seven-point first-half deficit, the Golden Eagles took a 30-28 advantage into halftime and then extended that lead over the first eight and a half minutes of the second half by going on a 20-8 run. With the Golden Eagles up 38-35, Craft and Wise hit consecutive 3-pointers. Wise then followed with a three-point play, before Jarvis Hill nailed a 3-point to end the run and give Southern Miss a 50-36 advantage with 11:34 to play.
Southern Miss extended the advantage to as many as 18 points in the second half, but ECU cut the gap on the strength of 3-point shooting down the stretch. The Pirates finished the game by converting 13-of-27 from 3-point range (48.1 percent), including 9-of-17 (52.9 percent) in the final period. Captain tallied six for the visitors, while Jenkins added five as ECU cut the gap to six for the final time, 78-72, with 1:09 to play.
The Golden Eagles, though, were solid at the line by converting 27-of-39 for the game (69.2 percent). Stone hit two in the final minute to finish 17-of-20 from the line for the game. His free throws made ties the single-game record for a game at Southern Miss, while his attempts are tied for second-most ever by a Golden Eagle.
After shooting 39.3 percent in the opening half (11-of-28), the Golden Eagles finished the second half by converting 14-of-24 shots (58.3 percent) to end the game at 48.1 percent.
Southern Miss returns to action Saturday when they travel to face nationally ranked Memphis. Game time is set for noon at the FedExForum and the game will be televised on CSS (Comcast Channel 25 in Hattiesburg).
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