Nov. 6, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
Junior Demar Dotson (Alexandria, La.) led six Southern Miss players in double figures with 14 points as the Golden Eagles defeated Loyola of New Orleans, 87-67, here Monday night at Reed Green Coliseum to complete its two-game exhibition schedule undefeated.
Joining Dotson in double figures for the Golden Eagles were freshmen Jarvis Hill (Starkville, Miss.) and Sai'Quon Stone (Brooklyn, N.Y.) with 12 points each, while sophomore Courtney Beasley (Huntsville, Ala.) and freshman Andre Stephens (Heidelberg, Miss.) poured in 11 apiece and freshman Jeremy Wise (Jackson, Miss.) added 10.
Third-year Southern Miss coach Larry Eustachy enjoyed the early exhibition games as it gives the team an opportunity to better themselves before the regular season gets started.
"We need to keep playing and learn by throwing ourselves out there and making mistakes," said third-year coach Larry Eustachy, whose roster sports 11 new players including eight freshmen. "The best teaching tool we have out there is the (game) film and the game. You can't create this in practice."
After a close first-half - the Golden Eagles led by three at 32-29 at the break - Southern Miss exploded to convert 54 percent of its shots for the second half, making 19-of-36, and dominated the inside as they outscored the Wolfpack 50-12 in the paint.
The Golden Eagles also dominated the boards, out rebounding the visitors 44-22.
Luke Zumo paced the Wolfpack with a game-high 21 points, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, while Torry Beaulieu added 15 points.
Southern Miss returns to action Saturday when they open the regular season at home against Belhaven. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at Green Coliseum.