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USM's Tyndall believes "sky's the limit" for Golden Eagle hoops

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Wednesday night ended with a lot of emotion and lot of tears for the University of Southern Mississippi men's basketball team. A 79-62 home loss to BYU in the NIT quarterfinals, their first non-conference defeat in 31 home games, ended the Golden Eagles' season before they could reach the final four in New York City.

Despite a rather abrupt end to arguably one of the most exciting finishes to a USM basketball season in decades, the home crowd made sure they let their team know just how appreciative they were of the ride the Black and Gold gave them. Chants of "U-S-M! U-S-M!" resonated throughout the Reed Green Coliseum well after the final buzzer sounded.

"It means a lot," said senior guard Richard McGill-holding back tears- following the loss, "The whole season, they've been growing and growing and growing. I hope they can keep it up.

"If they do, it just means more success for Southern Mississippi."

The student section also shouted a name even long after he departed the floor for the locker room..."Don-nie Tyn-dall! Don-nie Tyn-dall!" Rightfully so.

In only his first season at the helm, Tyndall lead USM to 27 wins overall and 12 in Conference USA-both now school records. Maybe more importantly than the records his team broke on the court were the ones they broke off the hardwood. In late-March, his team had a university normally neck-deep in the baseball season and thirsting for the football season on the edge of their seats in the Green House. 

"Our fans have been fantastic all year long, but the last three games have been amazing," said Tyndall on Wednesday night, "That's what I wanted to see, but I didn't think it would happen this quick."

The season is over, so Tyndall will have to wait until next November to find out if those same fans are just as hungry for hoops as they were the last few weeks.

He has faith they will be.

"Tonight some fans are disappointed, but I think the future of the program is very bright," he said,  "The biggest thing is when you get your fans to rally behind you like we have this year, I think the sky's the limit moving forward."

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