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Eagles Lose At TCU, 79-67

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Eagles Lose At TCU, 79-67

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Southern Miss opened a three-game Conference USA road trip at TCU Wednesday night, and while the effort was good, the results weren't, as the Horned Frogs posted a 79-67 decision over the Golden Eagles.

Southern Miss dropped to 9-8 overall, 2-4 in league play, while TCU improved to 7-10, 3-3 in C-USA. In the five games the two teams now have played, the home team has won all five. This also is the only regular season meeting between the two teams this season.

Southern Miss led only once in the game, at 2-0, but TCU quickly spurted ahead and six minutes into the game enjoyed an 11-point lead, at 13-2. Head Coach James Green's team cut that margin to as few as five points, 16-11, with eight minutes remaining, only to see TCU move back in front by as many as 12 points and to a 33-25 halftime margin.

The second half provided more of the same. The Golden Eagles would get close, and TCU would hit a couple of key baskets to stay safely in front. Southern Miss got as close as four points, at 41-37 with 13:53 left, and was down only five points, with just over six minutes remaining. At that point, the Eagles had to start fouling in order to stop the clock and TCU scored its final 15 points on free throws, including 10-of-10 by Marcus Shropshire, all within the final 2:11 of the game.

TCU finished with 25-of-32 from the line, while the Eagles went to the line 35 times, but hit only 20. Southern Miss shot the ball well, making 23-of-47 (.489) and outrebounded the Frogs 41-29. USM made just one of four three-point baskets, and TCU four-of-11.

TCU's guard trio of Shropshire, Corey Santee and Nucleus Smith combined for 52 of TCU's 79 points, 29, 19 and 13, respectively. Southern Miss also had three players in double figures, led by Jasper Johnson's 22 points. Charles Gaines recorded his first double-double in five games with 14 rebounds and 20 points. That rebound total included five offensive boards. Greg Johnson added 14 points.

The Eagles also committed 20 turnovers, to eight for TCU, and the Horned Frogs took advantage of those Golden Eagle turnovers to score 24 points.

Following the TCU game, the Eagles stay on the road for a Jan. 31 game at Tulane and then heads back to Texas for a Feb. 3 game at Houston.

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