USM extends losing streak against Tulane, 72-64

Guard Cortez Edwards attempts to inbound a pass with Tulane's Ray Ona Embo defending him on Dec. 17 at Reed Green Coliseum. Tulane won 72-64.

The Golden Eagles failed to snap their four-game losing streak against the Tulane Green Wave, but fell short in a 47-point second half comeback effort, 72-64. 

Southern Miss jumped to an early 8-2 lead, but the team was plagued by five back-to-back turnovers after their fast start.  The Golden Eagles’ gameplan fell apart as Tulane then went on a 16-0 run that proved to be unrecoverable for the Golden Eagles.

The Golden Eagles were not able to shake off the early stumble and fell into a scoring drought that lasted for over six minutes.  The shooting woes led to 5-of-22 shooting from the floor and a 4-of-11 performance from the charity stripe.

Forward Eddie Davis III managed to help keep the team afloat with his eight points in the first half.  The team managed to find some life at the end of the half with guard Michael Ramey’s back-to-back three-pointers.  This sent the team into the locker room with some momentum and closed the gap at 30-17. 

“[Michael] Ramey’s back to back threes was a boost coming into the locker room,” said sophomore guard Kevin Holland.  “We fed off of that and tried to keep [the momentum] moving.”

At the start of the second half, the Golden Eagles fell behind by as much as 21 points. Yet, the offense found a small resurgence from Holland nailing five three-pointers in the second half. Guard Quinton Campbell also hit three three-pointers in the second period which made the team 8-of-15 in three-pointers in the half.  The three-pointers helped the Golden Eagles battle back down to the final minutes of the game closing the point spread by as little as six points.   

“These guys are frustrated,” said Head Coach Doc Sadler. “I understand that. I’m frustrated we [got to] keep fighting. It’s not going to get any easier and we just [got to] keep playing.”

The Golden Eagles will play against Mississippi State next in Jackson. on Dec. 19.