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Southern Miss uses hot shooting to defeat Morehead State

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The Southern Mississippi men's basketball team connected on 58 percent from the field and three-point line to defeat Morehead State, 94-58, on Friday night at Johnson Arena.

The Conference USA Golden Eagles improve to 9-4 overall, while the Ohio Valley Conference Eagles slip to 5-8 on the season. The win also snaps MSU's three-game winning streak in the head-to-head series.

"Give Southern Miss credit for having a game plan and sticking to it for all 40 minutes tonight," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "It's not very fun when you dig a big hole early and play from behind the entire game."

Junior Neil Watson, one of five Golden Eagles in double figures, tallied 14 points and a game-high 11 assists. Senior Rashard McGill added a career-high 18 points on 5-of-6 shooting, while junior Jerrold Brooks also chipped in 18 on 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.

Junior Bakari Turner paced the Eagles with a career-high 16 points. Juniors Chad Posthumus and Maurice Lewis-Briggs chipped in with eight points apiece, while sophomore Angelo Warner grabbed a team-best seven rebounds.

"It's hard to take away positives when you lose the way we did tonight," Woods said. "We will get back at it in practice tomorrow because we have another chance for a win on Sunday."

Southern Miss drilled 30-of-52 from the floor, including 11-of-19 from long distance. The Golden Eagles made 15-of-25 overall and 6-of-10 from long distance after intermission.

Morehead State shot 34 percent (18-of-53) for the night and managed only 4-of-24 from behind the arc. The Eagles also committed 22 turnovers, which led to 17 USM steals.

Morehead State fell in an 11-0 hole just 54 seconds in and never recovered. The Eagles put together a 12-6 run to start the second half, but Southern Miss finished on a 35-14 spurt.

MSU will look to snap a three-game skid on Sunday when NAIA foe Union (Ky.) visits Johnson Arena. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. ET. Follow in-game coverage via links on MSUEagles.com.

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