Jan. 19, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. ---- The UAB men's basketball team had Southern Miss on the ropes in the first half, but the Golden Eagles outlasted the Blazers, 74-59, in Conference USA action on Saturday night inside Reed Green Coliseum.
UAB fell to 8-10 overall and 0-3 in league play, while Southern Miss improved to 15-4 and 4-0 against C-USA competitors.
The Blazers jumped out to an 18-11 lead at the 9:05 mark as Terence Jones drained 3-pointers on three straight UAB possessions. Jones finished the night with a team-best 15 points.
Following a media timeout with 7:41 remaining in the opening stanza, USM utilized a 27-9 run to close out the half and own a 38-27 advantage at the break.
The Golden Eagles were able to get to the free throw line in the first half, making 15-of-21 attempts, compared to UAB making 5-of-7 foul shots prior to halftime.
In the second half, USM expanded the lead to double digits and held off the Blazers, 74-59.
Jones was accompanied in double figures by teammate Robert Williams, who charted 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
USM posted four players in double figures, led by Cedric Jenkins' 13 points off the bench. The Golden Eagles received 28 total bench points in the victory.
The Blazers return to Bartow Arena on Wednesday to host the East Carolina Pirates. Game time is set for 7 p.m. CT.