Southern Miss picks up 69-54 road win over Alabama A&M
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Cortez Edwards' 20 points, six rebounds and three blocks helped Southern Miss to a 69-54 win at Alabama A&M on Wednesday night inside Elmore Gym.
It was Edwards' eighth consecutive double-digit performance and his fifth-career 20-point game (third of the season). The trio of blocks tied a career-high he set in the 2016-17 opener.
The Bulldogs made their first two shot attempts and forced a timeout in the first 55 seconds. The Golden Eagles responded with an 11-0 run over the next six minutes to take control.
"After they got off to the first two baskets, I thought the last 19 minutes were played about as well as possible," head coach Doc Sadler said. "We shared the basketball and our defense was active, which helped us get some easy baskets. We got out to a big lead in the first half that ended up at 21 at halftime. We really wanted to get off to a fast start in the first five minutes in the second half, but no matter how much you preach it, it's tough, and we were slow coming out and they made some baskets."
Southern Miss went 7-for-8 at the foul line in the first half while not allowing an AAMU attempt.
Alabama A&M began the second half with a 14-7 run to the first media timeout at 15:27. This was also the Bulldogs' second home game of the season.
"Give them credit," Sadler said. "They kept competing. They cut it back to 10 at one point in the second half (4:52). I thought Tyree's corner basket with the shot clock running down that got us back up 12 was huge. Any time you win on the road, you get excited. I would have liked to have more assists and as many offensive rebounds as them, but there again, we did a nice job with only four turnovers. Any time you do that, you have a good chance to win."
The Golden Eagles (6-4) look to extend their winning streak to four games on Saturday at 4 p.m. against William Carey for the final home game until Jan. 4.
NOTABLE -Southern Miss entered the night No. 3 nationally with a 1.70 assist-turnover ratio and improved that mark with a 12-4 margin, respectively.
-The Golden Eagles won 63-55 in Hattiesburg the previous year in what was the first-ever meeting between the schools.
-Kevin Holland went 2-for-5 at the line, putting him at 22-for-42 on the season. He entered the night No. 2 in C-USA for three-point percentage.
-Tyree Griffin's 13 points marked the ninth time in 10 games this season he has surpassed double-figures.
-Griffin's six assists also means he has been held to fewer than five only once this season.
-Eddie Davis III, a day after turning 22, posted his second double-digit scoring game of the season with 10 points.