On Tuesday night, the Troy Trojans jumped out to a 13-0 run in the opening minutes, and the Golden Eagles (0-5) could not recover as they lost 69-59, remaining winless in this young season.
The Golden Eagles’ first basket came with 15:52 remaining in the first half by Keljin Blevins. Following two more baskets, the Trojans pulled away a little more with a 15-point lead with 5:56 remaining in the first half.
“The first five minutes got us in trouble,” said head coach Doc Sadler. “We need to take control in the first five minutes of the basketball game. You can’t give teams a double-digit lead and then play catch up the whole ballgame, especially on the road.”
Troy led Southern Miss 31-21 at halftime. Blevins ended the first half with seven points, leading all of the Golden Eagles scorers.
The Golden Eagles came out scoring in the second half, narrowing the gap to four points with back-to- back three-point field goals from Khari Price and Quinton Campbell. After the opening baskets of the half, the Golden Eagles went cold and allowed Troy to extend their lead back to double-digits.
The Golden Eagles began to rely on their three point shooting to get back in the game. Following a Robert Thomas III three pointer, Southern Miss reduced the gap to 38-30.
That would be the last single- digit margin the Golden Eagles faced for the final 16 minutes as the Trojans pushed their lead to as many as 22 points. Southern Miss closed out the final 3:30 with a 15-3 run, making the game seem much closer than it actually was.
Blevins recorded the first double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Blevins also added two blocked shots, an assist and a steal in 31 minutes of action.
Kourtlin Jackson and Campbell both scored in double figures, Jackson with 15 and Campbell with 12. Jackson’s 15 points set a career-high, previously set with nine points versus Moorehead State.
Southern Miss returns home on Friday, Dec. 4 as the Golden Eagles host Alabama at Reed Green Coliseum. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.