Southern Miss Uses Hot Shooting To Down Mean Green
Golden Eagles Defeat Men's Basketball, 76-53
DENTON -- Southern Miss jumped out to an early lead in the first half and the Mean Green men's basketball team could not make up ground as the Golden Eagles defeated North Texas, 76-53, on Saturday afternoon in the Super Pit.
"I am really disappointed with how we played this afternoon," North Texas head coach Tony Benford said. "I didn't think we played well but Southern Miss had a lot to do with that. They did a great job attacking our zone and we didn't get out to their shooters."
The Golden Eagles showed up with the hot hand, shooting 54 percent from the field in the opening period. Michael Ramey had a career day for USM, going 6-for-8 from 3-point range for a personal-best 18 points in the first half. He finished with 19 points.
USM used runs of 8-0 and 13-0 to take a 17-point lead, 32-15, at 5:18 in the first period. The visitors entered half ahead by 17 points, 47-30.
Derail Green tried to keep pace with the USM shooters, going 4-for-6 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes. He scored 14 points in the first half, almost half of the Mean Green's points.
USM's hot hand in the second half cooled off a bit, and North Texas capitalized on this, forcing five turnovers in an 11-0 run that cut the deficit to nine points, 52-43, with 10:11 left in the game.
The Golden Eagles scored the next six points to extend their lead back to double-digits and they never looked back, leading by as many as 23 points in the second half.
The Mean Green will finish up the regular season with two away games against Western Kentucky and Marshall. With the loss today, North Texas will not make the conference tournament.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
Southern Miss leads the series against the Mean Green, 21-6.
After recording the third-most turnovers this season on Thursday night, North Texas improved in that area by committing just eight turnovers.
J-Mychal Reese is now five points away from hitting 1,000 points scored at North Texas and Texas A&M combined.
Derail Green has hit at least three 3-pointers in each of the last four games. He made four today against Southern Miss. With the help of those 3-pointers, he has recorded double-figures in the last four games. He tied for the team lead with 17 points.
AJ Lawson recorded his 17th game in double-figures this season with 17 points. He also recorded his second career double-double with 10 rebounds.