Dec. 22, 2012
WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita State outscored Southern Miss 20-4 over the final 8:03 to erase a 12-point deficit, as the Golden Eagles fell, 59-51, Saturday night.
The 51 points are a season-low for Southern Miss, who fell to 8-4.
"I think (Wichita State') size took a toll on us in the second half," said Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall. "In the first half, we matched their physicality. We did a pretty good job of keeping us off the glass. But in the second half, they wore us down. We've got to do a better job of blocking out."
Southern Miss led, 28-17, at the half. The teams traded points to start the second half. After Malcolm Armstead hit one-of-two free throws, Dwayne Davis gave Southern Miss a 12-point lead, its largest of the game.
A three-pointer by Demetric Williams followed by a layup by Armstead cut the lead to seven. Southern Miss twice pushed the lead to nine. With Southern Miss ahead 36-27, Wichita State (11-1) went on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 36-35 with 12:37 to play, capped off by a pair of three-pointers from Williams and Nick Wiggins.
After the teams traded baskets, Jonathan Mills hit one-of-two free throws, but a jumper by Cleanthony Early tied the game at 39. But Southern Miss scored eight straight points off of a pair of three-pointers from Brooks and Watson to take a 47-39 lead with 8:25 to play in the game.
However, WSU scored seven straight points to cut the lead to 47-46. Watson hit one-of-two free throws to make it a two-point game, but Chadrack Lufile connected on a three-point play to give Wichita State its first lead since 14-11 in the first half.
Southern Miss grabbed the lead right back on Watson's third three-pointer of the game. Following a layup by Wiggins that tied the game, the Golden Eagles had the chance to retake the lead. But Watson, missed the front end of a one-and-one, and Wichita State scored the final eight points.
The game started off sloppy, as both teams could must only two points through the first 4:30. After Wichita State went up 5-2, Jerrold Brooks drained a three-pointer that sent the Golden Eagles on a 7-0 run that gave then a 9-5 lead.
The Shockers scored five straight points on a layup and a three-pointer to grab a 10-9 lead, but Jonathan Mills followed with a layup. Nick Wiggins hit two free throws and Tekele Cotton hit a jumper to give Wichita State a 14-11 lead with 7:15 to play in the first half.
However, a pair of three-pointers by Neil Watson and Brooks, followed by a layup from Davis catapulted Southern Miss to a 17-3 run over the final 6:49, as the Golden Eagles took a 28-17 advantage into halftime.
Williams led Wichita State with 17 points. Wiggins had 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds and Early added 10 points.
Southern Miss was held to just 36.0% (18-of-50) from the field and 36.8-percent (7-of-19) from three-point range. Wichita State was 19-of-50 (38.0-percent) and 4-of-19 (21.1%). Southern Miss was also outrebounded, 44-of-26.
Southern Miss closes out its three-game road swing next Friday, Dec. 28, when it faces Morehead State. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT.
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