Golden Eagles Rout South Florida, 92-75, in Season Finale
HATTIESBURG, Miss. ? It was the final game of the 2002 Southern Miss basketball team, and the Golden Eagles went out with a bang, pouring in a season-high 92 points in a 92-75 win over visiting South Florida, Saturday, at the Reed Green Coliseum.
Seniors Elvin Mims and Pete Meneses both had career-highs with 35 and 20 points, respectively, while senior Brad Richardson dished out a career-high 11 assists to lead Southern Miss (10-17, 4-12 in Conference USA) to the win. The Bulls finish the regular season with a 18-11 overall record and an even 8-8 mark in conference play.
The 92-point outing was the first time that Southern Miss had broken the 90-point barrier since a 113-107 double-overtime loss to Ole Miss in December of 1995 and the first time the team has done it during Head Coach James Green's tenure.
Down 27-24 with 5:40 remaining in the first half, the Golden Eagles went on a 16-2 run to end the half and take a 40-29 lead at the break. In the half, Southern Miss found its shooting touch as the team had a 64 percent shooting percentage from the field, including 5-for-10 from behind the arc. While the Golden Eagles were hitting their shots, South Florida had a tougher time, making just 11-of-32 from the field in the first half, including 1-11 from three-point range.
The Bulls increased their shooting percentage in the second half, but Southern Miss kept up its torrid pace, nearly equalling its first-half shooting performance. The Golden Eagles never trailed in the second period, and led by as much as 23 points (62-39) with 15:11 remaining in the game.
In addition to his career-high point total, Mims also paved the way with a game-high 14 rebounds. Of Meneses' 20 points, 18 of them came off three-point shots as he was 6-for-8 from that range. Along with Mims and Meneses, Clement Carter also surpassed the double-digit mark, netting 10 points along with his eight rebounds. Dante Stiggers also tied career-highs with nine points and seven assists. As a team, Southern Miss combined to shoot 36-of-57 for 63 percent in the game. The team was 9-of-18 from three-point range.
For South Florida, senior Altron Jackson scored 17 points, moving him into second place on the Bulls' career scoring chart. Reggie Kohn followed with 12 points and had a team-high five assists. South Florida shot 40 percent from the floor in the game, including 5-of-20 from beyond the arc.