Dec. 30, 2005
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
Sparked by a career-high 19 point, eight rebound performance from David Cornwell, the Southern Miss basketball team defeated Spring Hill 80-67 before 2,896 in Reed Green Coliseum tonight.
With the win, Southern Miss improves to 6-7 on the season, while Spring Hill falls to 6-4. The team has won four of its last five games.
The Golden Eagles opened the game on a 7-1 run, thanks to two Cornwell baskets, in between a three-pointer from Jarekus Singleton. Spring Hill tied the game at 19-19 with 8:55 to play. Southern Miss then closed out the half on a 20-5 run, highlighted by two three-point baskets from Cornwell, to take a 39-24 halftime lead. Cornwell finished with 16 first half points, also adding seven rebounds.
In the second half, the Golden Eagles opened with a 13-5 run to take a 52-29 advantage with 16:46 remaining. Southern Miss would lead by as many as 26 in the second half, before winning by 13, 80-67.
Southern Miss out-shot Spring Hill 56 percent (30-54) to 45 percent (22-49). The Golden Eagles also held a 40-22 edge in rebounding, including a 12-4 offensive rebound advantage.
Cornwell finished with 19 points on eight of 10 shooting from the field, also adding eight rebounds. Singleton finished with 13 points and eight rebounds and five assists, while Courtney Beasley added 11. Jason Forte added nine points and nine rebounds, while Travis Hall added a career-high nine points. Mildon Ambres added eight points, while Craig Craft netted seven. Nine Golden Eagles scored tonight.
Krisner Green had 19 points to lead Spring Hill, while Noah Woolridge and Barkley Falkner each had 11.
Southern Miss concludes its seven game homestand on Jan. 2, hosting McNeese State in a 7 p.m., contest.
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