MOBILE, Ala. - Southern Miss (3-3) fought an uphill battle the entire game, but couldn't get over the hump, falling 75-68 to South Alabama (6-3) Wednesday night at the Mitchell Center.
Southern Miss trailed the entire game. South Alabama led by as many as ten points. The Golden Eagles cut the deficit to five on four occasions in the second half. However, they could not get any closer.
Southern Miss went down early, trailing 8-6 eight minutes in. Four minutes later, the Jaguars extended their lead to 21-11. With four minutes remaining in the half and USA up ten, the Golden Eagles cut the lead to five. However, Domonic Tilford hit his fourth three-pointer of the half with 29 seconds left, giving South Alabama a 35-27 lead at the break.
R.L. Horton led a group of four players in double-digits for the Golden Eagles with 17 points. Sai'Quon Stone added 13 and Courtney Beasley chipped in 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Jeremy Wise was held to ten points on 3-of-13 shooting, including being held scoreless in the first half.
Despite outrebounding the Jaguars 42-26, including grabbing 21 boards, the Golden Eagles never led.
South Alabama shot 53.3% from the field on 24-of-45 shooting, including 8-of-16 from three-point range. Daon Merritt led the Jaguars with 24 points, and Domonic Tilford added 22.
Southern Miss returns to action this Saturday, December 8 when it NAIA's Spring Hill. Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m. at Reed Green Coliseum.
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