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Final Game Statistics
Eagles Lose At Auburn, 78-60
AUBURN, Ala. -- Southern Miss used surges late in the first half and midway through the second half to stay close to Auburn here Saturday night, before the Tigers broke open the game late, and rolled to a 78-60 victory in a game that was closer than the score would indicate.
Southern Miss dropped to 6-4 following the loss, while the Tigers snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 8-2. The victory also was the 11th-straight for the Tigers in the series with the Golden Eagles.
Down by as many as 12 points, 17-5, midway through the first period, Southern Miss fought back with a 19-4 run to take a 24-21 lead with 4:22 remaining, and Head Coach James Green's team enjoyed a one-point edge, 31-30, at halftime. David Haywood sparked that first half run by hitting 4-of-6 3-point baskets, and led all scorers at intermission, with 12 points.
The Tigers quickly regained the lead in the second half and ran away to leads that grew to as many as 22 points, 59-37, with 9:32 remaining in the game. Clement Carter then got hot from the outside for the Golden Eagles, and his five 3-points in the second half helped pull Southern Miss back to within seven points, at the 5:20 mark of the second half, at 66-59. The Eagles saw their effort fall short though, as they managed to score just one more point in the final 5:20, while the Tigers were putting 14 points on the scoreboard.
Carter finished the game with 7-of-10 baskets, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range, and added a free throw to lead all scorers with 21 points. Haywood contributed 4-of-6 3-pointers and was the only other Golden Eagle player in double figures, with 14. Southern Miss shot .396 (21-53), while Auburn was connecting on 28-of-53 (.528). The winners also controlled the boards with a 40-25 edge there.
No Golden Eagle player had more than four rebounds, and Charles Gaines, Southern Miss' leading scorer and rebounder, was limited to eight points and four rebounds.
Auburn put three players in double figures, with Brandon Robinson leading the way with 20 points. Kyle Davis led all rebounders with 13 for the winners.
Following the Auburn game, the Eagles resume play with a Jan. 4 home game, against UNO, in the final non-conference game of the season, and then open C-USA action three days later, Jan. 7, at nationally-ranked Louisville.