The Southern Miss Golden Eagles (3-2) lost their second game of the season against the South Alabama Jaguars (6-1) by a score of 78 – 55 Wednesday Nov. 30 at Reed Green Coliseum.
In the midst of a two-game winning streak and a 3 – 1 start to the regular season, the Golden Eagles could not maintain their early-season momentum against South Alabama.
“The bottom line is, we just got our butt kicked,” said Head Coach Doc Sadler. “They were better than us in every area.”
Offensively, the team could not connect from three, shooting just 20 percent from the three-point line in the first half. Ten turnovers and eight South Alabama three-pointers also contributed to the Golden Eagles 37 – 32 deficit at halftime.
Guard Cortez Edwards led the team with 11 first half points. Sophomore forward Tim Rowe also had an efficient first half, scoring 9 points and grabbing 5 rebounds in the half.
The Golden Eagles could not get any separation on the Jaguars in the second half, despite being down by only five points at halftime. The team was outscored 41-23 in the second half and shot 32 percent from the court in the half.
Coach Sadler was concerned with the mental mistakes that his team made in the game, particularly turnovers.
“Until it becomes a priority to us that we get it down to seven or eight turnovers a game, we’re going to struggle,” Sadler said.
The Golden Eagles committed 19 turnovers during the game, compared to the 10 turnovers committed by South Alabama.
Three-point shooting was another area of trouble for the team. The Golden Eagles only converted three of 14 three-point attempts during the entire contest.
Three USM players had double- digit scoring numbers in the contest. Edwards finished with 15 points. Center Tim Rowe finished the contest with 12 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Quinton Campbell also had 10 points for the night.
Eddie Davis lead the team in rebounds with 10 total rebounds on the night.
The Golden Eagles will return to the court in an attempt to get their fourth win of the season on Dec. 4 against Jackson State. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m.