UTEP 22 17 39
Sothrnmiss 16 29 45
Date of game: 2/20/2013

Recap: Southern Miss vs. Texas-El Paso

Hattiesburg, MS (Sports Network) - Jerrold Brooks scored 13 points for the Golden Eagles as Southern Miss took down the Texas-El Paso Miners, 45-39, in a Conference USA tilt at Reed Green Coliseum.

Neil Watson chipped in 11 points while Daveon Boardingham posted eight points and the same number of rebounds for USM (21-6, 10-2 C-USA). The victory was the third in a row for the Golden Eagles.

McKenzie Moore registered a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds for UTEP (14-11, 7-5) as it lost for the third time in four games.

The Miners took a 22-16 lead into halftime after they knocked down 40.9 percent of their field goal attempts in the first period. USM drained only 30.4 percent of its shots from the floor and did not attempt a single free- throw in the opening 20 minutes.

The Golden Eagles controlled the second stanza as they shot 36 percent from the field and limited the visitors to only six makes on 28 attempted field goals. USM also held an 8-2 advantage in free-throw line scoring in the second half to power the win.

UTEP finished 4-of-26 from beyond the arc in the contest while USM held a 36-33 edge in the rebounding battle.

Game Notes

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Lions clinch playoff spot

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday due to the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

Vancouver's Hansen collapses on bench

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench during the second period of Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames and had to be helped to the locker room.

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