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Eagles Play Without Mims, Lose, 75-53
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Southern Miss hung tough with Memphis for the first 20 minutes, trailing only 29-23 at the half, but the Tigers, who improved to 11-4, shot .452 (28-62) from the floor for the game, outscored the Golden Eagles 46-to-30 in the second half to win going away.
For the Eagles, the loss was their third straight, and dropped their record to 5-6, 0-1 in Conference USA play.
The Eagles played the game without leading scorer Elvin Mims, who, earlier in the week, was suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Mario Myles started in his place and finished with 13 points, one of three Golden Eagles in double figures. Clement Carter led the way with 14 points, including nine in the first half. Brad Richardson also added 11, but USM hit only 15-of-59 field goals, including just 7-of-33 (.212) in the first half.
Chris Massie led Memphis with a game-best 15 points to go with a game-best 13 rebounds.
Southern Miss scored the opening basket of the game, and led 4-to-2 two and a half minutes into the game. However, the Golden Eagles were not to lead the game again, though James Green's team trailed just 20-to-19 with four minutes left in the first half. In the second half though, the Tigers finally got their running game going, and pushed their lead to as many as 29 points before finally winning by 22.
The loss to Memphis was the first for the Eagles in the last five games the two teams have played.
Despite playing with a substantial height disadvantage, the Eagles kept the rebounding totals close, trailing just 47-to-41. Three different players, Dante Stiggers, Ben Lambert and Carter, had seven rebounds each to lead the Eagles.