March 18, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Southern Miss fell in the first round of the 2010 CollegeInsider.com Tournament to Louisiana Tech, 66-57, Thursday night.
The Golden Eagles end their season with a 20-14 record. They have now lost eight straight postseason games dating back to 1988.
Sophomore Angelo Johnson led the Golden Eagles with 12 points. Juniors R.L. Horton and Sai'Quon Stone scored 10 points apiece. Sophomore Maurice Bolden scored seven points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, while senior Andre Stephens pulled down seven rebounds in his final career game.
Southern Miss stated the game hitting six of its first 10 shots, including a three-pointer by Johnson, to take an early 14-5 lead 4:35 into the game. The Golden Eagles increased their lead to 20-9 3:13 later. However, after connecting on nine of its first 15 shots over the first eight minutes, Southern Miss went cold.
The Golden Eagles hit just 5-of-20 shots the rest of the way, allowing Louisiana Tech to get back into the game. A DeAndre Brown jumper tied the game at 28. The Black and Gold regained the lead on a Josimar Ayarza jumper. But, with time winding down in the first half, Tevin Hall forced a Johnson turnover and hit a lay-up as time expired to send the game into halftime tied at 30.
Johnson opened the second half completing a three-point play, but Jamel Guyton connected on his own to tie the game at 33. A jumper by Andre Stephens put the Eagles up 35-33. But that would be the last time that Southern Miss held the lead.
Louisiana Tech went on a 21-7 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 54-41 with 9:09 to play. Southern Miss would pull within six points but could get no closer.
Olu Ashaolu led all scorers with 18 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Guyton scored 15points and Darius Redding added 13.
Southern Miss connected on 35.9-percent of its shots, while the Bulldogs hit 56.0-percent, the highest percentage for any opponent this year.