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Eagles Foul Out At Houston, 73-64
Houston, Texas - Southern Miss almost literally "fouled out" of tonight's game against the Houston Cougars. The Golden Eagles committed 31 fouls, and Houston turned those fouls into 35 points and a 74-66 Conference USA decision over the Eagles.
The victory improved Houston's record to 11-7, 4-2 in C-USA, and Southern Miss dropped to 6-10 and 1-5 in the league. The loss was the third straight for the Golden Eagles, and eighth in the last nine games.
Head Coach James Green's team hit 26-of-58 (.448) field goals to just 18-of-43 (.419) for the Cougars, but Houston converted 35-of-44 free throw attempts while Southern Miss shot just 13, hitting nine, a 26-point deficit from the line.
The Cougars' Dominic Smith did much of the damage for Houston by hitting nine-of-12 field goals, two-of-two from three-point range, and a whopping 18-of-20 from the free throw line. Teammate Louis Truscott was the other Cougar in double figures, with 11. Houston managed just nine field goals in each half, while the Golden Eagles had 13 in each half.
Senior Elvin Mims, who had his playing time limited to 20 minutes because of foul trouble, led the Golden Eagles with 14 points. Pete Meneses and Ben Lambert added 12 each. Lambert had perhaps his best game of the season with a team-high seven rebounds to go with his 12 points, and six blocked shots.
The Eagles committed 31 fouls, had two players (Lambert and Brad Richardson) foul out of the game and two others (Mario Myles and Mims) finish the game with four each.
Southern Miss will not return to the campus following the Houston game, but will, rather, spend an extra day in Houston, work out and take care of academic requirements with a study hall period, bus from Houston to Ft. Worth Friday and play the Horned Frogs Saturday night. The team will return to Hattiesburg Sunday.