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Southern Miss Falls to South Alabama 78-55

HATTIESBURG, Miss.

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- South Alabama's hot second half start was too much for Southern Miss to overcome in a 78-55 decision on Wednesday night.

"We are going to have to settle down and get our feet wet every possession," head coach Doc Sadler said of the team's upcoming stretch. "The bottom line is South Alabama is a good basketball team. They've been together three, some of them four years, and their experience shows."

The Jaguars (6-1) built up a 20-5 run after halftime to pull away.

Cortez Edwards heaved a contested, falling-away three-pointer from the corner just before the first half buzzer that kept Southern Miss within 37-32.

"He's getting better," Sadler said of Edwards. "As I tell the team, you have to give us something. I don't care if it's offense, defense, rebounding, not turning it over or knowing the plays. Whatever it is, you have to give us something positive. With Cortez, you know what you're going to get and that's great effort."

A Robert Thomas III free-throw put the Golden Eagles within 15-12 at the 9:46 mark, but Georgi Boyanov produced two quick three-pointers and a dunk that upped the Jaguar lead to 26-16. Boyanov (23 points) and Shaq Calhoun (21) led South Alabama.

Southern Miss (3-2) will be on the road for the entire month of December with the exception of a Dec. 10 home contest. Next up is a 3:30 p.m. Sunday game at Jackson State.

NOTES
-It was Southern Miss' sixth home game of November (including exhibitions).
-The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for Southern Miss in the series, but it still has a 24-16 all-time lead.
-Tim Rowe produced a career-high five blocks. He is the first Golden Eagle to reach that mark since Gary Flowers had seven in 2009 against New Orleans.

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