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Eagles Drop South Alabama, 76-66

Eagles Drop South Alabama, 76-66
Mobile, Ala. -- Southern Miss turned in its best field goal shooting game of the young season here Wednesday night, hitting 26-of-46 shots (.565) as the Golden Eagles rolled to a 76-66 victory over South Alabama.

The victory evened the Southern Miss record at 3-3, and dropped South Alabama to 2-4.

Southern Miss' Clement Carter hit the game's first basket, a three-pointer with less than a minute gone in the first half, and the Eagles never trailed in the game, building leads as large as 16 points in the first half and as many as 14 in the second half. The home-standing Jaguars did manage to cut the second half deficit to as few as six points, but each time USA closed the gap, each time the Eagles found an answer.

Many of those answers came in the person of senior forward Elvin Mims who scored 11 first half points and added another 22 in the second half to post his career-best scoring night with 33 points. That came on 13-of-18 shooting from the floor. He also added a game-best eight rebounds and hit six-of-seven from the free throw line.

He did get plenty of help from teammate Ben Lambert who added 12 points and six rebounds, and Brad Richardson who had nine points and four assists.

Both Southern Miss point guards, Richardson and Dante Stiggers, found themselves in foul trouble midway through the second half, leaving 11 minutes of playing time for James Pattman who kept the Eagles on track while seeing his most extensive action of the season.

South Alabama put four players in double figures, led by Larry Thompson with 17 points, but managed to shoot just .440 on 22-of-50 from the floor.

Southern Miss will take some time away from game-action for semester final exams and then will play three home games leading up to Christmas, Morris Brown (Dec. 15), Millsaps (Dec. 18) and Western Kentucky (Dec. 22).

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