HATTIESBURG, Ms – Southern Miss used the strong second half to pull away from Arkansas State 73-57 to stay undefeated at Reed Green Coliseum. The Golden Eagles are now 18-4 and sit atop the Sun Belt, with Marshall losing to ULM.
“We were able to kind of grind through. I was hoping that a couple of times that we would kind of bust it on out of there but give them credit. They’d hit a shot or kind of get a stop or maybe we didn’t in a fast break situation, something like that. But I thought overall, overall, it was a good effort.” Southern Miss head coach Jay Ladner said.
The Golden Eagles came out of the gate very slow and sluggish. They were shooting just 3-9 in the opening six minutes. The Red Wolves led the game at the first media timeout 8-6 before Southern Miss woke up with an 11-0 run. After that, Southern Miss never lost the lead. For the rest of the first half, the Golden Eagles maintained control but never seemed to have the same energy they had over the weekend.
“Yeah, I didn’t I didn’t think we quite had it. I thought we played hard but didn’t have that just a little bit extra. I thought we were a little bit behind on a few things. And I thought we did a better job in the second half.” Ladner said.
To start the second half, Austin Crowley almost threw a dunk over an Arkansas State defender. After that, Southern Miss seemed to have their energy back. Southern Miss started to pull away by going on quick little runs to stretch the lead out.
“The main thing is, definitely playing for one another. That’s something we put an emphasis on since we all got
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