Eagles Snap Five-Game Slide
Little Rock, Ark. - Southern Miss used a stubborn defense and timely three-point shooting to post a 60-53 non-conference decision over Arkansas-Little Rock. The victory improved the Golden Eagle record to 8-16, while the Trojans dropped to 16-10.
USM played the game without regular starter Mario Myles who did not dress because of problems with a sore knee. Clement Carter started in his place and contributed eight points. The Golden Eagles used just nine players in the game, and eight of those scored.
Southern Miss hit 20-of-47 field goals, including seven-of-14 from three-point range. The Golden Eagles also hit 13-of-18 free throws, including 13-of-16 in the second half. UALR managed just 19-of-50 from the field, including eight-of-24 from three-point range. The Trojans put three players in double figures, but got just 12 points from the other eight players who saw action.
USM also won the rebounding battle 32-31, and had one fewer turnovers, 14-13.
The two teams were tied at 29 after the first 20 minutes, but Southern Miss went ahead early in the second half and did not trail again after the score was tied at 30. The Golden Eagles built the lead to as many as 10 points late in the game, as Elvin Mims and Brad Richardson combined for 31 points. Mims collected his fourth, double-double of the season with 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Bernard Duncan contributed 11 minutes and eight points, and David Haywood 18 minutes and five points. Freshman guard Dante Stiggers also turned in a game-high eight assists, his best game of the season in that category.
Following the Arkansas-Little Rock game, Southern Miss will have just three regular season games remaining, at UAB, Feb. 26, and at home against TCU, Feb. 23 and Mar. 2, against South Florida. The Conference USA Tournament is scheduled for Mar. 6-9 in Cincinnati and tickets to the event remain on sale through the Southern Miss athletic ticket office.