Greenville, NC. -
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles (15-5, 4-3) defeated the C-USA Eastern Division rival East Carolina Pirates (11-9, 3-3), 84-77, on Wednesday night at the Minges Coliseum in Greenville, NC. The win snaps a two game losing streak and provides USM with a big conference win.
The Eagles came out a little sluggish and trailed early as the Pirates' big 6'-10" senior center Chad Wynn converted a FT to complete a 3-point play at the 11:32 minute mark to trail 17-11. The Black and Gold fought back hard on the back of senior forward Gary Flowers, who had 12 points in the 1st period off of the bench, by making some challenging baskets to take a 37-35 halftime lead.
ECU hung tough in the 2nd half to take a 51-48 lead at the 11:31 mark over USM. However, Eagles junior guard Angelo Johnson scored 8 straight points in the half to help push the Golden Eagles to a big conference road win. Eagles head coach Larry Eustachy said in his post-game interview that a lot of different players saw minutes in the game.
For Southern Miss, Flowers ended up with 17 points on the night, with D.J. Newbill and Sai' Quon Stone both adding 13 points. Maurice Bolden and R. L. Horton each chipped in with 11 points for the Eagles. USM shot 27 of 49 for 55.1% from the field overall, including 6 of 11 for 54.5% from 3-point range and 24 of 30 for 80% from the charity stripe.
For ECU, Darius Morrow went for 18 points in the game, with Jontae Sherrod contributing 16 points and Corvonn Gaines throwing in 12 points. The Pirates shot 22 of 43 for 51.2% from the field overall, including 6 of 20 for 30.0% from behind the arc. They went 27 of 34 from the FT line for 79.4%.