Nov. 24, 2009
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - William Carey hung with Southern Miss through the first 20 minutes of play. But, the Golden Eagles proved too strong for WCU, defeating their cross-town foe, 74-57, at Reed Green Coliseum Tuesday night.
Junior Gary Flowers led the Black and Gold with 18 points while tying a season-high with eight rebounds. He also had three blocks and three steals. Sophomore Maurice Bolden added 19 points and five rebounds.
"We've got a wide, wide range for this team," said Southern Miss head coach Larry Eustachy. "It's exciting as a head coach to see what kind of cap we have, because it is really unlimited on what we can become."
The teams traded baskets to open the game. A jumper by Anthony Wilcher gave William Carey a 4-2 lead, but the Golden Eagles rattle off seven straight points to take a 9-4 advantage less than five minutes into the game. After the teams traded two-pointers, Southern Miss went on a 12-5 run to take a 25-13 lead with 8:04 to play.
However, three straight baskets by the Crusaders cut the deficit to 25-19. But, the Eagles scored nine of the next 11 points to retake a 12 point lead with 1:18 to play in the half. But, WCU a free throw by Cory Smith followed by a Wilcher three-pointer made it a 34-26 Southern Miss lead at the half.
The teams exchanged jumpers for the first four minutes. A Cory Smith jumper brought William Carey to within 45-36 a minute later. However, with Southern Miss holding a 50-39 lead the Golden Eagles went on an 18-5 run to take its biggest lead at 68-44 with 3:59 to play, all but cementing the victory for the Black and Gold.
"We just score so much easier," said Eustachy. We've got guys who can score from all over the floor. But, we've got some things that we can work on. We're where we should be right now, but we can be so much better."
William Carey was led by Cory Smith, who had a game-high 21 points. Drew Meyerchick, who came into the game averaging 19.3 points, was held to just two.
After shooting just 41.4-percent in the first half, the Golden Eagles came out strong in the second half, connecting on 63.6-percent in the second half, enabling them to hit 51-percent for the game, the first time they shot better than 50% this year.
Southern Miss closes out its two-game homestand when they host Spring Hill, this Saturday, Nov. 28. Tip-off is schedule for 7:30 p.m. CT.