Nov. 22, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Demar Dotson led six Southern Miss players in double figures and the Golden Eagles scored the most points since the 1990-91 season in defeating Spring Hill, 113-57, here Thursday night at Reed Green Coliseum.
The Golden Eagles won their fourth straight to start the season as they tallied their third largest margin of victory - 56 points - in the school's history. The point total was also the most scored by a Southern Miss squad since a 122-112 win over Wyoming in the championship game of the 1990 Cowboy Shootout in Casper, Wyo., on Dec. 29.
Doston, along with Gjio Bain, collected the team's first two double-doubles of the season. Dotson added 12 rebounds, while Bain totaled 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
Jeremy Wise added 18 points for the Golden Eagles, while DeWayne Green notched 13 points, Courtney Beasley 12 points and Andre Stephens 10 points. All 12 of the Golden Eagles that played in the contest scored. Freshman walk-on, Hank Wierson, electrified the crowd by hitting three shots late, two of which came from 3-point range, in the final three minutes of the contest.
Noah Woolridge paced the Badgers with 23 points, hitting 5-of-12 3-point attempts.
The Golden Eagles led by just four points, at 35-21, with 7:13 to play in the opening half, following a pair of Badger free throws from P.J. Crawford. Southern Miss, though, scored the next 18 points and finished the half scoring the final 20-of-21 points to take a 45-22 lead at intermission.
Southern Miss was able to extend that margin by shooting a season-best 57.5 percent from the floor (42-of-73), while surrendering just four turnovers. SHC was limited to 35.8 percent shooting (19-of-53), as they also committed 22 turnovers.
Dotson and Bain helped Southern Miss dominate the boards as they collected a 49-24 advantage in the game, which led to 27 second-chance points.
The point total for Southern Miss also marked the most at Green Coliseum since a 127-102 victory over Virginia Tech (1/16/88). It also accounted for just the second time in the Larry Eustachy era that the Golden Eagles reached the century mark in scoring.
Southern Miss returns to action a week from Thursday (Nov. 30), when they take on Sam Houston State. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Green Coliseum.
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