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Eagles Fall To Global Sports
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss failed to find a consistent shooting touch and the visiting Global Sports team shot a blistering .519 to take a 79-60 victory over the Golden Eagles, who were playing for the first time.
The visitors were playing their third game, and had no trouble with their shooting, hitting 28-of-54 baskets, while the Golden Eagles could manage only 20-of-63, including 5-of-23 from 3-point range.
But even in losing, Head Coach James Green saw some bright spots. "This was a very good team we played," he said. "They had a better understanding of who they are than we did, we didn't do a good job of stopping their penetration and they sagged enough to make it hard for us to score inside. When that happens and you don't shoot the ball well, it's hard to win.
"We also did some good things though, and I think you'll see an entirely different team when we play next week. This game gives us, as coaches, a better understanding of what we need to work hardest on. I have the same confidence in this team now that I had before we played tonight."
Southern Miss stayed close much of the second half, and actually led 30-23 with 5:41 left in the first half. The visitors then proceeded to outscore the Eagles 18-2 prior to halftime, and the resulting 41-32 lead was more than Southern Miss could overcome in the second half. USM cut the deficit to as few as eight points, at 54-46 with almost 13-minutes remaining. Global then ran off the final 11 points of the game.
The Golden Eagles put only two players in double figures. Jasper Johnson led the way with 17 points and also led both teams with nine rebounds. Charles Gaines added 10 points and seven rebounds. Global's Chris Davis led all scorers with 18 points, while teammates Jason Blair added 15 and Mark Green 11.
Southern Miss won the battle of the boards, 38-35.