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Eagles Suffer Rare Home Loss, To Cincinnati

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Eagles Suffer Rare Home Loss, To Cincinnati

HATTIESBURG, MISS. -- Cincinnati proved to be every bit as good as its No. 5 national ranking would indicate as the Bearcats recorded an 83-47 victory over the Golden Eagles in Green Coliseum here Saturday afternoon.

Coming off a midweek loss at Louisville, Cincinnati (14-1, 5-1 C-USA) scored early and often, while Southern Miss (9-7, 2-3 C-USA) struggled to get into any kind of rhythm. The visitors scored the first points of the game, led 7-0 before the Eagles got on the board, and built that early lead to as many as 24 points before the first half finally came to an end, with Cincinnati leading 38-22.

"We never got into the rhythm of moving the ball and cutting and screening the way we have in our last three games," Head Coach James Green said. "I don't think we defended very hard. It was one of those games where there was a lot of hype, a game that presented us a great opportunity. Obviously, we missed that opportunity.

"We now have to get out heads up, and I know our players well enough to know they'll do exactly that. We now have the opportunity to go on the road and make up for our loss here today."

A brief Southern Miss spurt early in the second half allowed Southern Miss to cut the Cincinnati lead to 13 points (39-26) with less than two minutes gone in the half. However, the visitors weathered that brief storm, and proceeded to build their lead for the remainder of the game. The final 36-point margin was the largest of the game.

Southern Miss hit only 7-of-27 (.259) shots in the first half, 7-of-33 (.212) in the second half and finished the game at 14-of-60 (.233). Meanwhile, Cincinnati was making 27-of-55 (.491) shots , along with 5-of-9 3-point baskets and 13-of-16 (.800) free throws. The visitors put four players in double figures, with Tony Bobbitt leading all scorers with 19. Jason Maxiell added 17.

For Southern Miss, only Jasper Johnson managed to reach double figure numbers, with 13 points. Nine other players scored for the Eagles, but none had more than seven points. The Eagles actually won the rebounding battle, 43-40, and Southern Miss' leading scorer and rebounder, Charles Gaines, led all rebounders with 10. He was limited to four points though, all free throws.

Following today's game, the Eagles go back on the road for games at TCU (Jan. 28). Tulane (Jan. 31) and then back to Texas, playing at Houston (Feb. 3).


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