Southern Miss concludes homestand with defeat to UAB
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- UAB's hot shooting was too much for Southern Miss to overcome in an 87-69 defeat on Saturday afternoon in Reed Green Coliseum.
"You're not gonna win many ballgames giving up 80 or more points," head coach Doc Sadler said. "It's a lot like the game on Thursday night. Effort should always be a given, but we didn't make adjustments defensively and need to learn that whether it's the first or second half, if you can't step it up defensively, you will fall short.
The Blazers (17-11, 8-7 C-USA) outscored Southern Miss 54-33 in the second half, including a 28-6 run after Southern Miss led 55-50, matching its largest of the day, with 12:06 to play. UAB scored eight points over a 1:03 span to lead 65-59 with 7:28 on the clock.
"You could say we scored some points, but we didn't shoot the ball as well as we have in the past," Sadler said. "We got up by five without blocking and defending, and the next thing you know, we are down five. We got to the free-throw line a little bit in the second half when we were struggling, but 13 attempts is still not enough. We need to get in the 20s."
Southern Miss (13-15, 6-9 C-USA) led 36-33 at the break. UAB had a one-point lead early in the half, but consecutive three-pointers by Dominic Magee and Tyree Griffin allowed the Golden Eagles to regain a 44-39 advantage with 16:34 remaining.
D'Angelo Richardson's steal led to a Cortez Edwards fadeaway that gave the Golden Eagles a 21-19 lead with 8:17 to play. The 10-0 run kept UAB off the scoreboard for 5:06.
Edwards (19 points) and Magee (18) led the offensive charge. UAB shot 68 percent in the second half and 62.5 percent for the game.
Southern Miss will spend the next week in Texas, first battling UTSA on Thursday and then UTEP on Saturday.
-Dominic Magee's four three-pointers (on just five attempts) were a career-high.
-Southern Miss' 30 three-point attempts were its second-most on the season (went 15-for-34 in the Jan. 11 meeting with UAB).
-It marks the first time the Golden Eagles have lost back-to-back home conference games since Feb. 13 and 25, 2016.
-The Golden Eagles won the turnover battle (15-10) for the 24th time in 28 games.