Nov. 22, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team got out to a big lead in the first half and maintained it the rest of the way, defeating McNeese State, 75-60, Monday night at Reed Green Coliseum.
With the victory, the Golden Eagles improve to 3-0, while McNeese State falls to 2-2.
Senior Gary Flowers, who missed last Wednesday's game against South Alabama due to illness, had 24 points and eight rebounds to lead the Black and Gold. Freshman D.J. Newbill recorded his first career double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing a game-high 11 boards. Senior R.L. Horton had 14 points, and junior Angelo Johnson added eight points and nine assists.
"We've got a lot of talent," said head coach Larry Eustachy. "There were parts where we played really, really well, particularly in the first half. But I thought we lost our concentration in the second half. What I love is that we have a great margin for improvement. There's not a guy on our team who can't get better. But overall, we moved forward a bit."
The teams traded baskets early on, as the Cowboys took an 8-5 lead. But Southern Miss scored the next eight points, including five by Flowers to take a 13-8 lead 4:37 into the game.
Southern Miss extended its lead to 28-18 over the next seven minutes, before McNeese State pulled to within five points. However, the Black and Gold outscored the Cowboys, 18-3 over the final 6:26 of the first half to take a 47-28 lead at the break.
McNeese State scored eight of the first 12 points in the second half. But Southern Miss scored the next eight, as they took their biggest lead of the game, 60-36, with 12:17 to play. The Cowboys slowly were able to chip away at the deficit, but would get no closer than 13 points.
McNeese State was led by Diego Kapelan with 15 points, and P.J. Alawoya added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Southern Miss shot 43.8-percent (28-of-64) for the game, while holding the Cowboys to 29.5-percent (18-of-61). The Golden Eagles also won the rebounding battle, 50-42. It is the second straight game, they eclipsed 50 boards.
The Golden Eagles continue their homestand this Saturday, Nov. 27, when it hosts Spring Hill. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. CT.
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