Edwards, Magee help Southern Miss to fourth consecutive win
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Cortez Edwards (28 points, 12 rebounds) and Dominic Magee (19 points, 11 rebounds) were the first Golden Eagle, duo with a double-double since 2011, and Southern Miss slid past William Carey in a 75-58 decision on Saturday afternoon in Reed Green Coliseum.
Darnell Dodson (16 points, 11 boards) and Jonathan Mills (19 points, 10 boards) last accomplished the feat on Dec. 29, 2011 against Alcorn State. Edwards finished two points shy of becoming the first in program history with a 30-10 game since Gary Flowers (32 points, 11 rebounds) on Feb. 19, 2011 versus East Carolina.
The Golden Eagles (7-4) pulled away in the second half behind a stretch where they made eight of 10 field goals, the last bucket a three-point play by Tyree Griffin, for a 49-38 lead with 12:44 to go. It came after they trailed 34-33 at the 16:37 mark.
"We played much better in the second half," head coach Doc Sadler said. "To even have the lead at halftime was amazing to me. I thought we should have been down 10 or 15 points. Give our guys credit, we were struggling but one of the things that continues to keep us in games is that we are not turning the ball over."
William Carey held the upper hand throughout most of the first half, minus a 10-10 tie with 10:29 on the clock. Magee hit a fadeaway jumper as he stretched across the paint for the Golden Eagles' first lead, 25-24, with 2:01 left in the half.
It eventually became a 28-26 lead at the break.
"We were not very good offensively in the first half," Sadler said. "You leave here last Sunday [89-71 win over Troy] thinking you're real good because you made some shots, then today you think you're bad because you missed a bunch. That's not how I judge whether our offense is good or not. The thing that was frustrating was that last week we got our teammates shots. Today in the first half, we looked to get ourselves shots. We only had three assists and then had 12 in the second half on 18 field goals."
The Crusaders' largest lead was 21-14 with 6:44 to go in the first.
Southern Miss now sets its eyes toward a trip to Tallahassee, where it will take on No. 19 Florida State at 1 p.m. CT on Thursday. The game will air on ACC Network Extra.
-Cortez Edwards picked up his first double-double of the season (fifth of career). He is also averaging 24.3 ppg in his last three home contests.
-In addition to having his first-career double-double, Dominic Magee also had a career-high six assists while tying a personal-best with four steals. He even had his first-collegiate block.
-Southern Miss shot 55 percent in the second half.
-The Golden Eagles entered the day No. 4 nationally for fewest turnovers per game (9.0) and committed just eight against the Crusaders.
-Southern Miss was also No. 3 for assist-turnover ratio (1.76) and had a 17-8 margin in the game.