HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi men's basketball team started off hot and never took its foot off the gas pedal, as it downed Spring Hill, 94-41, in an exhibition contest on Saturday night at Reed Green Coliseum.
Senior Josimar Ayarza led Southern Miss with a career-high 18 points and eight rebounds. Freshman D.J. Newbill recorded his second consecutive double-double, scoring a season-high 15 points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds. Senior Gary Flowers scored 14 points, pulled down five rebounds and had a career-high six assists, while junior Maurice Bolden came off the bench to score 12 points.
The Badgers scored the first basket of the game, but the Eagles (4-0) scored the next eight points. After another SHC bucket, Southern Miss went on a 10-0 run to lead 18-4 just 5:10 into the game. USM led by as many as 26 in the first half, taking a 44-21 advantage into the break.
Southern Miss opened the second half on a 9-0 run. Spring Hill would get no closer than 25 points in the half, as the Black and Gold led by as many as 54.
Spring Hill was led by Brandon Blake with a game-high 22 points, and Kyle Watkins added 10 points.
Southern Miss shot 46.8-percent (36-of-77) for the game, while holding the Badgers to 29.6-percent (16-of-54). The Golden Eagles also won the rebounding battle, 57-28.
Spring Hill (1-3) will host Dillard University (4-3) at 7:30 p.m. in the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Monday.
Courtesy USM Sports Information Department