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Pacific Controls Southern Miss, 65-50
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Total control by Pacific (3-1) resulted in the second loss of the season for the Southern Miss basketball team (1-2). The Tigers shot 51.1 percent from the field, while holding the Golden Eagles to 38.6 percent.
Jono Metzger-Jones hit five-of-seven shots, four-of-six from three-point land, to lead the Tigers with 17 points. Demtrius Jackson added 15, as Pacific shot 60.0 percent (9-15) on their three-point shooting.
Elvin Mims led Southern Miss with 15. The senior was 6-of-15 from the field, including three-of-six behind the arch. Clement Carter finished with 12 points and a team-best eight rebounds.
Pacific never trailed in the second half, building an early 36-25 lead at 17:49. Southern Miss pulled within seven, 41-34, after Brad Richardson sank two free throws at 13:53.
The Tigers remained above eight points in the advantage down the stretch and never dipped under double figures in the final five minutes.
Pacific owned a 27-22 halftime lead. Four Southern Miss starters got in early foul trouble, as only Carter played in the final five minutes of the opening period.
Mike Hahn and Matzger-Jones each collected six points to lead the Tigers. Elvin Mims scored the scored the first seven points for USM and ended the first half as the Eagles’ leading scorer.
The Golden Eagles return home to host Alcorn State on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m., in Reed Green Coliseum.