Courtesy of Southern Miss Athletics
HATTIESBURG, Miss. –
Southern Miss shot 64.4% from the field, as the Golden Eagles defeated North Dakota State, 78-65, Wednesday night at Reed Green Coliseum.
The Black and Gold placed five players in double-figures, led by Matt Bingaya with 15 points. Chip Armelin had 14 points and four rebounds and Shadell Millinghaus scored 11 points, Rasham Suarez had career-highs of 13 points, five rebounds and six assists and Norville Carey added 10 points and five boards.
“I knew going into this basketball game that North Dakota State was a good team and I was concerned about us offensively,” said Southern Miss head coach Doc Sadler. “But, we shared the ball tonight and anytime we do that, we'll have a chance to be a good team.”
North Dakota State (4-3) got things started when Chris Kading grabbed a loose ball and put it back for a dunk. After trading possessions, Millinghaus hit a three. After two missed shots, Carlin Dupree put one back for NDSU and a 4-3 lead 2:37 into the game.
However, Jeremiah Eason hit one-of-two free throws to send Southern Miss (4-2) on a 9-0 run. Dexter Werner hit one-of two from the free throw line, but Chip Armelin drained a three. Werner hit a jumper, but Bingaya made a three to send the Golden Eagles on an 11-0 run to take their largest lead of the first half, 26-7, midway through the half.
After NDSU scored five straight, Millinghaus hit two-of-three free throws made a driving layup to push the lead out to 30-12. Lawrence Alexander hit a three. After a turnover by Carey, Armelin stole the ball from Paul Miller and went in for an uncontested dunk.
After another three by Alexander, Blevins hit a driving jumper and Millinghaus answered with a long three for a 37-18 lead with 2:29 left in the half. Miller answered with a three of his own, 1:30 later, Suarez hit a layup to send Southern Miss into halftime with a 39-21 lead.
Alexander hit a three to begin the second half, but Suarez answered with a three and Millinghaus connected on a three-point play to give Southern Miss its largest lead of the game at 45-21. North Dakota State then went on a 9-2 run to pull within 14 points six minutes into the half.
Bingaya then converted a three-point play and Dallas Anglin drilled a three to push the lead back to 53-33. But the Bison went on a 12-2 run to cut the deficit to 55-45 with 7:21 to play. However, that's as close as NDSU would get.
Southern Miss was 29-of-45 from the field, including 10-of-20 (50.0%) from three. North Dakota State was 25-of-54 (46.3%) from the floor and 9-of-26 (34.6%) from three. NDSU outrebounded the Golden Eagles, 26-to-24.
Alexander led the Bison with 23 points. Dupree had 16 points and five rebounds and Dexter Werner added 13 points and a game-high eight boards.