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Southern Miss knocks off Tulane, wins 2nd straight game

USM defeats the Green Wave of Tulane on Saturday afternoon.
USM defeats the Green Wave of Tulane on Saturday afternoon.
Courtesy of Don Green

Hattiesburg, MS. -

USM took care of business on Saturday afternoon at home in the "Green House" by defeating the Tulane Green Wave (12-8, 2-5), 67-54. The Golden Eagles (16-5, 5-3) were led by the senior forward and all-conference star Gary Flowers who posted another double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds in the contest.

The Eagles trailed early as Tulane went up 17-16 with 10:09 left in the 1st half. But, the Black and Gold poured it on to take a 34-22 advantage to the locker room at the half. In the 2nd period, Tulane went on a run hitting four three-pointers to pull within 45-50 with 10:24 to play. Southern Miss then went on a 16-1 scamper of their own to close it out against the Green Wave.

For USM, senior guard R. L. Horton had 12 points on the afternoon with junior guard / forward Mo Bolden adding 11 points of his own. For Tulane, Jordan Callahan led all scorers with 20 points, including 6 of 11 from 3-point range, and Kendall Timmons chimed in with 18 points in the loss.

The Eagles connected on 21 of 49 for 42.9% from the field and held the Wave to 20 of 53 for just 37.7% overall. USM also went 21 of 27 from the charity stripe for 77.8% while Tulane only shot 4 of 10 for 40% at the FT line. Southern Miss outrebounded the Green Wave 42-29 as they are #30 in rebounding in the nation.

With the win, Southern Miss has won their 2nd game in a row and is above .500 half way through conference play for the first time since the 2000-20001 season. Next up for the Eagles will be a conference road game at the UAB Blazers (15-5, 5-2) at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, AL. Start time is set for 7 p.m. CST.

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