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.
"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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