Nov. 20, 2007
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss used a big first-half run to break open a close game and never looked back in defeating crosstown foe William Carey 86-60 here Tuesday night at Reed Green Coliseum.
Sophomore Jeremy Wise converted 9-of-19 shots from the floor, including a 3-pointer and a free throw, to score a team-high 20 points to go along with seven assists, while sophomore Courtney Beasley added 17 points and freshman R.L. Horton contributed 14.
Down 14-10 early in the opening half, Southern Miss scored the next 12 points as Sai'Quon Stone hit two straight baskets during the run and extended the lead to as much as 15, taking a 36-21 advantage into intermission.
The Golden Eagles were able to take the advantage in the opening half on the strength of 57.1 percent shooting as they made 16-of-28 shots.
The Crusaders, which got a game-high 26 points from Southern Miss transfer Kyle Lamonte, tried to keep the game close in the second half on 3-point shots.
WCU hit 5-of-11 3-pointers in the second half (45.5 percent).Dexter Cheairs hit 4-of-7 long-range jumpers to add 16 for the Crusaders.
Still, the Golden Eagles took advantage of 19 visitor turnovers, outscoring the Crusaders 28-2 off the opponent's miscues.
Beasley added seven of the Golden Eagles 39 rebounds as Southern Miss outrebounded its opponent for the second time in three games this season.
Southern Miss returns to action, Friday (Nov. 23), when they take on Alabama. Game time is set for 7 p.m., at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa.