Southern Miss falls at second-place Louisiana Tech
RUSTON, La. -- Louisiana Tech led by 16 at the half on its Senior Day and maintained it throughout to defeat Southern Miss 93-65 on Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale.
"Louisiana Tech just had more energy and effort than us," head coach Doc Sadler said. "They were able to get some easy shots, but those are going to happen. The thing we have held our hat on is the defensive end, but it's hard to come back when a team nearly gets 50 on you in the first half."
Southern Miss led 9-8 after Raheem Watts made two free-throws following a media timeout, but a 16-2 Bulldog run ensued. Watts connected on a three-pointer after Campbell did the same, cutting the deficit to 29-21 with 8:22 remaining, but another 12-3 LA Tech spurt gave it a 41-24 advantage with 3:46 to go in the half, then its largest lead of the day.
Quinton Campbell hit a three-pointer on the first possession after halftime that made it 49-36, but Jacobi Boykins did the same for his Bulldog squad. The Golden Eagles were unable to get back within its original halftime deficit the rest of the way.
The Golden Eagles will find out their C-USA Championships matchup at the end of the night (Wednesday, but time and opponent TBD).
-Southern Miss still leads the all-time series 41-33.
-Raheem Watts finished perfect on shooting (two makes each on three-pointers, two-pointers and free-throws). His six rebounds in the first half remained a game-high and his 12 points were the most of anyone at halftime.
-Josh Conley played a career-high 16 minutes.
-Kevin Holland's five assists were a team-best and most for him since having eight against Tulane (Dec. 10), which also serves as highest by a Golden Eagle on the year.
-Quinton Campbell ended one point shy of his eighth-career 20-point game.