Dec. 11, 2008
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team fell 74-55 to Kansas State at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
"I thought we executed poorly," said head coach Larry Eustachy. "We got back in the game on some occasions, but then we followed by playing poor basketball to let it get back to 16-18 points. We just were not mentally tough tonight."
The first 20 minutes was a half of runs for both teams. Southern Miss (4-4) opened the game cold shooting the ball, missing their first four shots as K-State scored the first eight points. The Eagles finally got on the board when Jeremy Wise connected on two free throws. The Eagles hit their first field goal when Courtney Beasley hit a jumper 4:26 in to the game.
The Golden Eagles rallied back, outscoring KSU (6-3) 13-5 to tie the game at 13, capped off by an Andre Stephens jumper. However, the Wildcats opened the game up, going on an 13-0 run to take a 26-13 lead with 7:30 left in the first half, holding the Eagles without a point for almost five minutes.
But Southern Miss would not quit, as it went on a 12-0 run of its own to pull within 26-25 with 4:07 left in the half.
Once again, however, K-State opened up the game, ending the half on a 15-1 run to take a 41-26 lead into the break.
For the half, the Wildcats hit 50-percent of their shots (16-32), while holding Southern Miss to 29.6-percent (8-27).
The teams traded baskets early in the second half. A free throw by Darren Kent gave the Wildcats a 50-32 lead. Southern Miss responded, going on a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 52-42 with 11:06 remaining. However, they would get no closer, going down by as many as 21.
Beasley led the Eagles with 16 points. Wise and R.L. Horton scored 11 apiece. Wise was 9-of-9 from the line, while Horton was 6-of-6. Craig Craft led the way on the boards, pulling down eight rebounds.
For Kansas State, Luis Colone recorded a double-double scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Jacob Pullen scored 17 points, while Darren Kent added 11.
Southern Miss returns home this Monday, Dec. 15, when they host crosstown rival William Carey. Game time is set for 7 p.m. CT.