Recap: Southern Miss vs. Char Southern
Hattiesburg, MS (Sports Network) - All five starters scored in double figures for Southern Miss as the Golden Eagles posted a 78-71 victory over the Charleston Southern Buccaneers in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament at Reed Green Coliseum.
Jonathan Mills had 16 points and nine rebounds to pace Southern Miss (26-9) which will take on Louisiana Tech in the second round. Dwayne Davis added 15 points, Jerrold Brooks netted 14 and Neil Watson and Daveon Boardingham each chipped in 10.
Saah Nimley had a game-high 24 points, Arlon Harper added 18 and Mathiang Muo registered 16 for Charleston Southern (19-13).
Despite shooting 50 percent from the field and holding Charleston Southern to 33.3 percent, the Golden Eagles held just a 36-32 lead at halftime. The Buccaneers stayed close by hitting 8-of-13 tries from the free-throw line.
Southern Miss improved to 62.5 percent shooting in the second half and made good on 8-of-11 from the free-throw line to seal the victory. Charleston Southern hung around by hitting eight shots from beyond the arc but shot 42.4 percent in the period overall and got just three points from the charity stripe.
The Golden Eagles outscored the Buccaneers 30-14 in the paint and 18-11 off turnovers.Game Notes