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Southern Miss Falls, 69-38, to No. 9/9 Louisville

Head Coach Donnie Tyndall
Nov. 29, 2013

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Southern Miss got into a hole early and could never dig itself out, as the Golden Eagles fell to ninth-ranked Louisville, 69-38, Friday night at the KFC Yum! Center.

Michael Craig led Southern Miss with nine points. Jerrold Brooks had seven and Aaron Brown added seven rebounds.

"They just took it to us," said Southern Miss head coach. "Obviously, they are a great team. We just need to go back and keep working on getting better."

Southern Miss went scoreless over the first 5:30 of the game as Louisville jumped out to a 13-0 lead. Brooks finally put the Golden Eagles on the board with a three-pointer and following a turnover by Chris Jones, hit two free throws to cut the deficit to 13-5.

After Chris Jones hit a three-pointer, Daveon Boardingham connected on a three-point play. Terry Rozier hit a three and Craig made a layup to make it a 19-10 Louisville lead with 8:48 to play in the first half.

The Golden Eagles were then held without a field goal for the next 7:54 as the Cardinals went on a 14-1 run. Neil Watson broke the streak, converting a layup off a steal, but Southern Miss went into the half down 34-14. It was the worst first half deficit under Donnie Tyndall.

The second half started the same way, as Southern Miss was held without a point over the first 6:54 while Louisville scored the first 11 points to push their lead to 45-13. The Golden Eagles began to put some plays together, but the closest they got was 26 points.

Southern Miss was held to just 28.9-percent (13-of-45) from the field and 18.2-percent (2-of-11) from three. Louisville was 23-of-55 (41.8%) from the floor and 12-of-31 (38.7%) from behind the arc. The Golden Eagles were also outrebounded for the first time this year, 38-to-33.

Jones led all scorers with 18 points, Montrezl Harrell had 11 points and nine rebounds and Russ Smith had 11 points and six assists.

Southern Miss begins a three-game homestand next Wednesday, December 4, when it hosts Morehead State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.

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