Men's Basketball falls to UNC in final Pentagon Showcase contest
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Southern Miss scored the final four points of the first half to take a 32-28 lead, but Northern Colorado came out firing to shoot 61 percent in the second half and defeat the Golden Eagles, 77-63, on Sunday morning to conclude the Pentagon Showcase.
Tyree Griffin was named to the All-Tournament team. He averaged 15.3 ppg over the weekend with team-highs of 17 assists and 16 rebounds. He also went 14-for-19 at the free-throw line (74 percent).
"In the three games we've lost this season, we've really played well and controlled the tempo," head coach Doc Sadler said. "In the second half we just didn't come out with the same energy and effort, and they had a 15-point run. We made mistakes on the defensive end that we didn't make in the first half."
Of the Golden Eagles' three losses, two were defending conference champions (Big Ten and Summit) with the other sweeping the Pentagon Showcase field.
The deficit got up to as much as 65-45 with 8:46 left, and D'Angelo Richardson's fastbreak jumper got the Golden Eagles within 11 at 4:23. Griffin followed it up with a layup to get the Black and Gold within single-digits at 67-58 with 3:31 to play.
The Golden Eagles led 12-4 and 16-8 in the first half. After UNC tied it at 28 with 2:38 on the clock, Hampton and Edwards connected on buckets in the final 48 seconds to give Southern Miss the 32-28 halftime lead.
Cortez Edwards picked up his fourth-career, 20-point game with a layup at 1:23 that made it a 71-63 game, but the Bears made their next four free-throw attempts to preserve the win.
Anfernee Hampton added eight points on 3-for-5 shooting off the bench.
They had a streak of four or five made three-pointers in the second half that broke the game. What our guys need to understand is that when the game is close, it's harder to hit those shots. When you're up eight, 10 or 12 points, we need to keep the pressure."
Southern Miss will have two days back home before making the quick trip to Mobile on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. battle with South Alabama.
-It was the first all-time meeting between the schools.
-Cortez Edwards played all 40 minutes, the fourth time of his career he's had that many or more. He was on the bench for just five minutes in the three tournament games.
-Dominic Magee had four rebounds and made his two three-point attempts in six minutes of play.
-Tyree Griffin (38 minutes) and Kevin Holland (35) did not commit a turnover.
-Southern Miss had 17 assists to eight turnovers after having 20 to 12 the previous day.