Western Kentucky Halts Golden Eagles Winning Streak
HATTIESBURG, Miss. Ė The Southern Miss menís basketball team faced a solid-scoring Western Kentucky team here this evening, and the resulting 74-50 Hilltopper win halted the Golden Eaglesí three-game winning streak.
Four Hilltoppers produced double-figure scoring games, with Todor Pandovís team-high 14 points leading that group. Derek Robinson claimed 13 points, David Boyden recorded 12 and Patrick Sparks finished with 10.
Clement Carter led the Golden Eaglesí scoring for the second-straight game, pouring in a game-high 18 points. Carter shot 7-for-10 from the field, two-for-two on three-pointers, and grabbed six rebounds.
Southern Miss (5-4) never came within double figures after trailing 39-30 at 19:12 in the second half. Western Kentucky (8-2) used an 8-2 run within a span of 7:12 that put away the Golden Eagles as the Hilltoppers held a 61-38 lead at the 6:25 mark.
The Hilltoppers shot 66.7 percent from the field in the first period, 56.6 percent for the game. The Golden Eagles did not fare as well, shooting 34.5 percent for the game.
The first half featured Western Kentucky controlling the lead for the period, and taking an 11-point advantage at halftime, 39-28. Southern Miss made the opening basket, but the Hilltoppers never trailed after the initial score.
The Golden Eagles knotted the score three times in the opening period, but Western Kentucky produced a 14-3 run in the final 4:35 of the first half. Boyden collected 10 points to lead the Hilltoppers, and Carterís eight points led the Golden Eagles in the early period.
The loss snapped a seven-game Southern Miss home winning streak, dating back to Feb. 10, when Cincinnati claimed a 64-52 win in the Reed Green Coliseum. The Golden Eagles go to Auburn on Dec. 29, facing the Tigers in a 1 p.m., non-conference game. Southern Miss opens Conference USA play Jan. 5, at Memphis.