Southern Miss 89, N.E. Louisiana 58
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) _ Damien Smith scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half as Southern Miss stormed back from an eight-point halftime deficit in an 89-58 victory over Northeast Louisiana on Tuesday night.
The Golden Eagles (7-5) trailed 41-31 early in the second half after a quick basket by Nick Dillon of NLU (2-9). Southern Miss scored the next 12 points, four from Smith, to take a 43-41 lead.
The Indians stayed within striking distance until the 13:26 mark. A three-point play by Anthony Cook cut the lead to 49-48, but NLU managed only one more field goal over the next 13 minutes.
Smith got the hot hand down the stretch, connecting on three 3-pointers as he scored all but one point in a 16-2 run. Southern Miss finished off the Indians by hitting 12 of 14 free throws in the final minutes.
Southern Miss got 19 points from Mike Jones, 14 from Marcus Price, 12 from Anthony Richards and 11 points and 10 rebounds from Kelly McCarty.
Paul Marshall, who went over the 1,000-point mark, led the Indians with 20 points.