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Good Defense Holds UAB As Golden Eagles Win, 50-36
HATTIESBURG, Miss. ? A four-game losing streak was snapped and first conference win was claimed as the Southern Miss men?s basketball team used a strong defensive effort to defeat UAB this afternoon, 50-36, in Reed Green Coliseum.
Elvin Mims came off the bench to collect a game-best 25 points. The senior is back after serving a two-game suspension for violating team rules and gave a dominating performance, hitting 9-of-17 from the field and four-for-eight from three-point land. He also pulled down eight rebounds and recorded two blocks and four steals.
The Blazers were held to 27-percent shooting as they finished with a school-record low of 36 points, breaking the former record of 38 against Cincinnati in a 1993 contest. This was also the first time the Golden Eagles held an opponent to under 40 points since 1996, defeating South Alabama, 55-36, on Dec. 3.
UAB's 36 points matches the lowest Conference USA game total (in a conference game) in the history of the league, and the Blazers' 12 field goals ties the C-USA mark in that category as well.
UAB held an early 6-2 lead, before Mims entered the game to guide Southern Miss on a 11-0 run and capture a 13-6 advantage at 14:58 in the first half. The Golden Eagles never trailed after Mims initially stepped onto the floor, claiming a 28-16 halftime lead.
The second half featured another defensive battle as Southern Miss outscored the Blazers 14-8 in the first 10 minutes, producing its biggest lead of 18 points, 42-24 at 10:08. UAB pulled within 12, 48-36, when Morris Finley, the Blazers? leading scorer with 13 points, added a layup at 2:44. Southern Miss kept the game in control down the stretch to improve to 6-7 on the year, 1-2 in Conference USA.
Clement Carter produced double-figures in rebounding with 10 boards. Three players, Myron Ranson, Cedric Davis and Will Campbell pulled down five caroms apiece to lead UAB, as the Blazers fall to 8-8 overall, 1-2 in conference.