This is a news release from Southern Miss athletics.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas. – UTSA scored the first 12 points and never looked back, as Southern Miss dropped its fifth straight, 77-57, Thursday night at the UTSA Convocation Center.
Chip Armelin led Southern Miss with 19 points and five rebounds. Norville Carey had 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting and Matt Bingaya scored 12 points. Jeremiah Eason had a game-high seven rebounds.
UTSA started the game hot, hitting four of its first five three's and scoring the first 12 points. Southern Miss finally got on the board 3:08 into the game on Rasham Suarez' three-pointer, which send the Golden Eagles on a 7-0 run.
The teams then traded three-pointers. However, the Roadrunners went on a 15-2 run to take a 30-12 lead with 9:46 to play in the half. Suarez hit his second three of the half, but Christian Wilson answered with a three-point play.
After Armelin found Carey for an alley-oop, UTSA scored five straight to take its biggest lead of the first half, 40-19, with 6:11 to play in the half.
Southern Miss then began to chip away. Carey hit two straight baskets. After Kaj-Bjorn Sherman made a jumper, Carey followed with a layup. Sherman and Carey traded jumpers. Then with four seconds left in the half, Matt Bingaya stole the ball from Keon Lewis and found Armelin, who hit a three at the buzzer, cutting the deficit to 44-32 at the half.
However, UTSA scored 10 of the first 12 points in the second half to push the lead to 54-34. After Carey made a jumper, Sherman converted a three-point play. Armelin then hit a three, as Southern Miss went on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 57-44 with 12:30 to play. But, the Roadrunners went on a 15-3 run over the next 8:49 to put the game away.
Southern Miss connected on 47.7% (21-of-44) from the floor and 31.6% (6-of-19) from three. UTSA was 27-of-48 (56.3%) from the field, including 13-of-25 (52.0%) from three. The Golden Eagles were also outrebounded, 28-to-25.
Keon Lewis led UTSA with 16 points. Ryan Bowie had 15, Sherman had 14 points and seven rebounds and Jeromie Hill added 10 points.
Southern Miss stays in Texas when it travels to El Paso, this Saturday, January 10, to face UTEP. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT.