HATTIESBURG, Miss. - R.L. Horton scored a season-high 25 points, leading Southern Miss (4-3) to a 73-54 victory over Spring Hill Saturday afternoon at Reed Green Coliseum.
Southern Miss has now won the last 14 meetings between the two schools, and 32 of the last 35 meetings.
The highly touted freshman led the Golden Eagles in scoring for the second straight game. Horton scored 17 points in Wednesday night's loss at South Alabama.
"This was a good win for us," said Southern Miss head coach Larry Eustachy. "This was a good, good team. I never felt comfortable with any lead that we had. We're progressing, but we're still a ways away."
Southern Miss scored the first ten points of the game and pushed its lead out to 18-3 in the first eight minutes of the game on the strength of Courtney Beasley's 12 points. It would be the only points he scored in the game.
The Golden Eagles increased its lead to 18 points (37-19) with 2:26 to play in the half, but the badgers closed on a 7-1 run to cut the deficit to 38-26 heading into halftime.
In the second half, after trading baskets, Spring Hill cut the lead to 11 at 52-41 at the 11:34 mark. But, they would get no closer, as Southern Miss pulled away in the final five minutes.
Jeremy Wise added 13 points for the Golden Eagles, including extending his streak of consecutive games with a three-pointer to 24. Gjio Bain earned his second double-double of the year, scoring ten points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
Marcus Coleman led the Badgers with 14 points, and Cash Covington added 11. Noah Woolridge, Spring Hill's leading scorer, was held to eight points.
Southern Miss will take a week off for exams before returning to action next Saturday, December 15 for a men's/women's doubleheader when they face Alabama State. Southern Miss won the only previous meeting, an 80-43 victory last year. Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m. CT at Reed Green Coliseum.
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