Feb. 13, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss closed the game on an 18-5 run over the final 4:50 to hold on and defeat Tulane, 71-60, Wednesday night at Reed Green Coliseum.
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak. Southern Miss improves to 19-6 overall, 8-2 in Conference USA. The 19 wins ties head coach Donnie Tyndall with Lee Floyd (1949-50) for the most wins by a Golden Eagle first year head coach.
"Tulane is a team that plays a lot like us," said Tyndall. "You have to give them a lot of credit. Even when we were up 16, they never panicked. But we didn't either after they came back. Our guys did some real good things to find a way to win. Hopefully we can build on this heading into the last six games of the season."
Dwayne Davis led all players with 21 points, his second straight 20-point game. Jerrold Brooks had 14 points. Rashard McGill had nine points and four rebounds. Daveon Boardingham had a team-high eight boards and Neil Watson added seven assists.
The Black and Gold led 31-21 at the half. A three-pointer by Davis and a free throw from McGill put Southern Miss up, 35-21. After Tre Drye made one-of- two free throws, the teams traded baskets over the next 3:54. A three-point play by Josh Davis cut the lead to 13, but McGill knocked down a three-pointer to give the Golden Eagles their largest lead of the game, 44-28, with 14:03 to play.
However, the Green Wave began to turn it on, scoring on seven of their next nine possessions as they went on a 16-0 run to tie the game at 44 with 9:26 left. Boardingham hit two free throws, but Ben Cherry drained a three to give Tulane its first lead since leading 8-7.
Southern Miss retook the lead on a jumper by Dwayne Davis, but Jordan Callahan answered. Brooks drained a three-pointer to give the Golden Eagles a 51-49 lead, but two free throw from Kendall Timmons tied the game.
With the shot clock winding down and Jonathan Mills falling out of bounds, he shot the ball from the left end line, and it went in, giving Southern Miss the two point advantage. However, jumpers by Ricky Tarrant and Josh Davis gave Tulane the lead, 55-53, with 5:17 to play.
But it would not last long. Dwayne Davis tied the game, and after a turnover by Tarrant, Watson hit McGill for a three-pointer, giving the Golden Eagles the lead for good.
Southern Miss got things started with a layup from Dwayne Davis. But Tulane scored six straight points to take a 6-2 lead just 3:21 into the game. A dunk by Boardingham, followed by a three-pointer from Watson, gave the Golden Eagles the 7-6 lead, but Josh Davis answered with a basket.
But three-pointers from Brooks and Davis put Southern Miss up 13-8. Ben Cherry cut the lead to three on a trey, but Boardingham hit Cedric Jenkins on a back-door layup, and Jenkins returned the favor, setting up Boardingham for an alley-oop and a 17-11 Southern Miss lead with 8:23 to play in the half.
A three-pointer from Jordan Callahan again cut the deficit to three, but Boardingham hit one-of-two free throws and Davis hit a jumper to push the lead back to six at 20-14.
The teams then traded baskets, After Cherry hit his second three-pointer to cut the deficit to three, Davis answered with a three-pointer of his own. Josh Davis hit a pair of free throws, but the Golden Eagles scored the last six points of the half to take a 31-21 lead heading into halftime.
Josh Davis led Tulane with 19 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Ben Cherry added 17 points on 5-of-5 shooting from three.
The Golden Eagles shot 54.3-percent (25-of-46) from the field, but was just 8-of-21 (38.1%) from three. Southern Miss was also 13-of-17 (76.5%) from the free throw line. Tulane was 21-of-47 (44.7%) from the floor and 8-of-19 (42.1%) from three. The Black and Gold also outrebounded Tulane, 29-to-25.
Southern Miss goes back on the road this Saturday, Feb. 16, when it travels to Greenville, N.C., to face East Carolina. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT.
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