Nov. 21, 2009
Bozeman, Mont. - Southern Miss connected on seven free throws down the stretch to rally from a double-digit deficit and defeat Montana State, 66-62, at Worthington Arena.
Junior Gary Flowers led the Golden Eagles with a game-high 18 points, including five straight free throws at the end of the game, while also grabbing five rebounds.
Southern Miss (3-0) trailed 51-38 with 11:46 to play. But the Golden Eagles went on a 19-2 lead to take its first lead of the game, taking a 57-53 lead with 4:18 to left. The Bobcats (1-2) tied it twice in the next three minutes.
But, Flowers connected on five straight free throws to give Southern Miss a 64-59 lead. Branden Johnson made it a two-point lead with his third three-pointer of the game, but sophomore Angelo Johnson clinched it for Southern Miss with two free throws.
The Golden Eagles started off slow, hitting just one of their first seven shots. At the same time, Montana hit four of its first seven shots, including three three-pointers to take an early 11-2 lead.
The Black and Gold went on a 9-2 run to pull within 13-11 with 11:12 to play in the first half. Montana State went up five, but Southern Miss came back, capped by an Angelo Johnson three-pointer to tie the game. But, Johnson and Danny Piepolo hit two straight three's for MSU to take 31-26 lead at halftime.
Johnson scored a season-high 12 points and assisted on four baskets. Sophomore Maurice Bolden had eight points and a game-high eight rebounds, while junior R.L. Horton and senior Buchi Awaji added nine points apiece.
Bobby Howard led Montana State with 15 points and eight rebounds. Branden Johnson scored 11 points and grabbed nine boards, and Austin Brown scored 13 points.
Montana State connected on 11-of-23 from beyond the arc, while outrebounding Southern Miss 29-26. The Golden Eagles, who came into the game averaging 18.0 turnovers, only turned the ball over eight times.
Southern Miss returns home for a two-game homestand when they host cross-town foe William Carey, Tuesday, Nov. 24. Tip-off is schedule for 7 p.m. CT.