Southern Miss Outlasts Millsaps, 64-51
HATTIESBURG, Miss. Ė The Southern Miss menís basketball team pulled off its third-straight win by fending off the feisty Majors of Millsaps, 64-51, here Tuesday night. The Golden Eagles never trailed after the first shot of the game, but the NCAA Division III school did not allow Southern Miss to go beyond 16 points in the lead.
Clement Carter scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Golden Eagles. RaShaad Primm collected 13 points, and Thomas Adams recorded nine rebounds to lead the Majors. This was the first loss of the year for nationally-ranked Millsaps, going to 7-1 on the year.
Southern Miss (5-3) shot 48.9 percent from the field in the game and limited the Majors to shooting 38.3 percent, causing the Jackson, Miss., squad to commit 22 turnovers. Millsaps did win the battle of the boards, 32-30.
The Golden Eagles held an 11-point lead on three occasions early in the second half, but Millsaps went on a 6-0 run to pull within five, 39-34, at 12:58. Elvin Mims, who finished with 12 points, connected on two three-pointers and led the Southern Miss charge to a 12-point lead, 51-39 at 7:52.
The lead remained in double figures in the last nine minutes of the game, and the Eagles led by as much as 16, when Carter connected on two free throws to give Southern Miss a 58-42 advantage at 3:57.
Millsaps claimed the opening shot, as Trent Forrest banged in a three-pointer, but the Golden Eagles responded with a 13-0 run in the first five minutes, to lead 13-3. The Majors made it close pulling within two points on two occasions down the stretch of the first half, but Southern Miss held a 31-23 lead at intermission.
Southern Miss recorded a 52.4 field goal percentage in the first half, with Clement Carter leading the Eagles with nine points. RaShaad Primm came off the bench to lead the Majors, and Millsaps held a 15-10 rebound advantage in the opening period.
The Golden Eagles finish their three-game homestand with Western Kentucky coming to the Reed Green Coliseum on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 7:00 p.m.