Miners Fall at Southern Miss, 96-70
March 4, 2008
Jeremy Wise scored 22 points to lead five Southern Miss players in double figures as the Golden Eagles beat UTEP, 96-70, on Tuesday night in Hattiesburg.
Southern Miss (16-13, 8-7 C-USA) blew the game open with a 20-3 second half run, extending a 55-43 lead to 75-46.
The Golden Eagles shot 54.7 percent from the field and 64.3 percent (9-for-14) from three-point range. Southern Miss entered the game averaging 3.9 three pointers - second-worst in Conference USA - while shooting 31.8 percent from outside. Opponents have blitzed the Miners for 32 three-pointers over the last three games, all losses.
R.L. Horton added 17 points, Courtney Beasley 15, Andre Stephens 13 and Craig Craft 12 for Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles outrebounded the Miners 41-23 led by Stephens, who had 11 boards. Southern Miss has had the edge on the boards in 11 of its last 12 games.
Southern Miss shot 53.1 percent in the first half and made 7-of-10 three pointers in building a 47-32 lead. The Golden Eagles led 29-11 midway through the first half and UTEP couldn't get closer than 10 points. Stefon Jackson put up 22 points for UTEP (16-12, 7-8 C-USA), passing Dave Feitl into fifth place on the Miners' all-time scoring list with 1,449 points. Marvin Kilgore and Victor Ramalho joined Jackson in double figures with 14 and 10 points respectively.
The Miners will close out their regular season home schedule on Saturday against Houston at 7:05 p.m. MST. Four Miner seniors - Marvin Kilgore, Ramalho, Jeremy Sampson and Pearson Smith - will be honored at the game.