Saturday, November 23, 2013

USM struggles against Houston Baptist, but still wins 67-62

Southern Miss trailed at the half (again) to a struggling Houston Baptist team but was able to win 67-62 in the final game of the NABC Hall of Fame Classic in Mobile, Alabama. Houston Baptist started out hot and actually had a 10 point lead in the 1st half but USM chipped away at the lead in the 1st half and then later took the lead in the 2nd half and held on to it for the win. Daveon Boardingham led the way for the Eagles with 15 points and 7 rebounds (he missed some time in the game due to injury). Neil Watson also chipped in with 15 points. The Eagles shooted pretty poorly (38%) but overcame that stat to stay undefeated. Although, we didn't play well today against a bad opponent, this game doesn't scare me too much as we continue on our OOC (out of conference) stretch of games. Tomorrow, the Eagles face off against cross-town rival William Carey at RGC.

Other news and notes from around CBB

C-USA had a pretty mediocre showing today with the league going 4-6 as a whole. This includes Rice losing to Princeton (in Houston), Tulane losing to Northern Kentucky (in NOLA), and UTEP losing to New Mexico State. NMSU isn't a bad loss for the Miners (the Aggies are becoming a regular in the NCAA Tournament lately) but it could have been a nice top 75 RPI win. Tulsa put a decent fight against top 25 Creighton on the road but ended up losing by 10. The Golden Hurricane are 0-4 on the year but they have played a pretty tough schedule in the early part of the season (Wichita State, @ Creighton, Oral Roberts, @ Missouri State).

#3 Louisville won their 21st consecutive game over Fairfield today at home. They play UNC tomorrow in a neutral site game before playing USM on November 29.

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