Southern Miss Rolls Past Tulane, 78-47
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss shot 63.0-percent in the second half to run away from Tulane, 78-47, Saturday night at Reed Green Coliseum.
It's the second straight game that the Golden Eagles (19-3, 6-1 C-USA) held their opponents to less than 50 points.
Michael Craig led Southern Miss with 12 points and 11 rebounds. It was his seventh double-double of the year and eighth of his career. Chip Armelin had 11 points and six rebounds while Daveon Boardingham added 11 points and five boards. Neil Watson pitched in with 10 points and three assists. He also extended his consecutive free throw mark to 50.
"We knew that (Tulane) had a plan against our zone," said Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall. "But, to our credit, we did a great job guarding them. Every dribble they took was earned. For us to outrebound them by 21 and only allow two offensive rebounds, which is a credit to our grit and toughness. Overall, it was a pretty solid performance, and we got a lot of contributions from a lot of different guys as well."
Jay Hook opened the scoring with a three-pointer. Aaron Brown hit two free throws and Jerrold Brooks scored nine straight points. Chip Armelin then found Daveon Boardingham for a dunk to finish off a 13-0 run and give Southern Miss a 13-3 lead through the first six minutes.
Hook hit his second three of the half to cut the deficit to seven, but Boardingham converted a three-point play to push the lead back to 10.
Tulane (11-11, 3-4) followed with five of the next seven points, but a free throw from Boardingham and a jumper from Michael Craig made it 23-14 with 6:43 to play in the half.
Jonathan Stark then drilled a three to cut the deficit to six, but the Golden Eagles scored six straight, all on foul shots, to take a 29-17 lead.
After the teams traded baskets, Louis Dabney hit two free throws. But, two foul shots from Boardingham and a dunk by Norville Carey gave Southern Miss its largest lead of the first half, 35-23. After a basket by the Green Wave, Southern Miss went into halftime with a 35-23 lead.
The Black and Gold broke the game open in the second half, opening the half on a 14-3 run over the first six minutes to push the lead to 49-26.
Tulane then got a dunk from Trye Drye and a Ryan Smith jumper to cut the deficit to 19, but that's as close as the Green Wave would get.
Southern Miss shot 48.1-percent (25-of-52) from the field, but was just 3-of-13 (23.1%) from three. Tulane connected on just 38.2-percent (13-of-34) and 8-of-20 (40.0%) from behind the arc. The Golden Eagles outrebounded TU, 40-to-19, the fourth time this year they outrebounded the opponent by at least 20, and outscored Tulane 42-to-6 in the paint.
Louis Dabney scored a game-high 14 points and grabbed six rebounds and Jonathan Stark added 11 points.
Southern Miss plays the first of two nationally-televised games next Friday, February 7, when it hosts Marshall. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on CBS Sports Network.