Price's Career Night Not Enough as MBB Drops Game
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Junior guard Khari Price tied a career-high with 20 points and grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds to notch his first collegiate double-double, but it would not be enough as the Southern Miss basketball team dropped a 66-46 decision on Saturday afternoon to Georgia State at Reed Green Coliseum.
Price led the Golden Eagles (2-7) in scoring for the third time this season, posting his second game of the year with 20 points. The junior tallied 20 points, setting a then career-high, against William Carey in a game on Nov. 23. In addition to his scoring, Price also led the team in rebounds and dished out a team-best four assists.
Nine of 10 players who saw time in the game for Southern Miss scored. Price was joined by Eddie Davis III in double figures. Davis scored 10 points, marking the fourth consecutive game the redshirt freshman has eclipsed double-figures. Davis and Tim Rowe finished the night tied for second in rebounds with the tandem each grabbing five boards apiece.
Georgia State (6-2) were balanced on offense with four players notching double-digit points, led by Jeremy Hollowell's 17. Isaiah Williams led all Panther players with seven rebounds.
Georgia State, a 2015 NCAA Tournament participant, jumped out to an early 11-0 lead before a pair of free throws by Raheem Watts broke the Southern Miss scoring drought. Robert Thomas III connected on a free throw to cut the margin to 10 at 13-3 with 13:01 to play. GSU extended their advantage to as many as 21 before a 5-0 run by the Golden Eagles cut the margin. Price drained a three and Thomas followed with a layup. The Panthers used a mini run to take a 35-14 lead into halftime.
The Golden Eagles made some second-half adjustments. Trailing 43-18, Quinton Campbell and Price drained back-to-back threes to cut it to 43-24. Price converted an old-fashioned three-point play to close the gap to 45-27 with 11:37 on the clock. Southern Miss used an 11-to-6 run to close the gap to 51-38. However, the Golden Eagles would get no closer as the Panthers closed out the game to earn a 66-46 victory.
Southern Miss travels to New Orleans on Tuesday, Dec. 22 to take on former Conference USA rival Tulane in a nonconference game. The game between the Golden Eagles and Green Wave is slated for 6:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN 3.