Golden Eagles stomp Herd by 50 points
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Reed Green Coliseum is a house of horrors for the Marshall Thundering Herd.
Southern Miss stormed to a 25-point lead in the opening minutes and continued to roll in a 50-point men’s basketball victory, 101-51, Saturday on its home court.
The outcome was similar to a Jan. 23, 2013, game Southern Miss won at home, 102-46. Although Marshall holds a 13-10 edge in the series, the Herd is only 2-8 playing in Hattiesburg.
“There’s nothing I can say,” Marshall head coach Dan D’Antoni said in a postgame radio interview. “I don’t want to take away from their victory. They played extremely hard. They have extremely quick guards and they shot the lights out.”
Marshall, 12-9 for the season and 5-3 in Conference USA, took its third straight loss in a six-day stretch, all away from home.
Southern Miss surged to its biggest advantage at 97-44 with 4:47 still to play. D’Antoni pulled out all the stops, going with a five-guard alignment for part of the second half and cleared the bench in the final minutes, but there was no stopping the Golden Eagles (12-9, 4-5).
D’Antoni said there was no gas in the Herd tank at the end of a difficult series of road games.
“They came out and they wanted this game and we looked for some reserve energy and I didn’t think we had any to spare,” D’Antoni said.
Marshall comes off the road for its next two games in Cam Henderson Center — 7:30 p.m. Thursday against UTEP and 7 p.m. Saturday versus UTSA. The UTEP Miners (6-12, 1-6) played a Saturday night home game against Charlotte.
Southern Miss filled the nets with 64.6 percent field goal accuracy and made 13 of 27 attempts (48.1 percent) from the 3-point line. The Golden Eagles controlled just about every statistic.
The Golden Eagles had five double-figure scorers, four starting players and sophomore guard LaDavius Draine, a 48.2 percent 3-point shooter who had four triples in his 18 points. Senior guard Kevin Holland scored 16, 6-foot-5 junior forward Leonard Harper-Baker had 15 points and 14 rebounds, senior guard Cortez Edwards also tossed in 15 points while dishing 10 assists and 6-11 junior Tim Rowe netted 11 points.
Senior guard Tyree Griffin added nine points and delivered 15 assists.
Marshall’s worst offensive game of the season included lows for points, field goals (15), field goal percentage (25.0) and 3-point field goal percentage (7-for-35, 20.0 percent).
Senior guard C.J. Burks, senior point guard Jon Elmore and 6-7 sophomore forward Darius George each scored 11 for the Herd.
Elmore made two of his 3-point shots (2-for-7) to pass the Marshall career record held by Austin Loop (2013-17) with 295. The Charleston native also had two assists to surpass Greg White (1977-81) as the Herd all-time leader with 703.
George had his first double-figure game since Nov. 19 against North Carolina A&T.
Rowe came in averaging 6.1 points per game and scored all of his 11 in the first half when Southern Miss used a 19-1 scoring run to pull away at the halftime break, 48-31.
Marshall’s 20 points in the second half was its fewest in any half this season for a team that was averaging 80.7 a game.
UTEP AT MARSHALL
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Cam Henderson Center, Huntington TV: beIN Sports
RADIO: WDGG 93.7-FM, ESPN 94.1-FM and 930-AM