USM finishes with four players on the court in loss to FIU

USM finishes with four players on the court in loss to FIU

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Southern Miss men's basketball has dealt with some interesting scenario's all season, but Thursday night might have been the strangest. The Golden Eagles (6-17) were forced to play the final 42 seconds with only


players on the court.

Freshman forward Michael O'Donnell fouled out with 6:30 left in the second half and former walk-on junior guard Jamie Chapman picked up his fifth infraction with 26 seconds left in regulation.

Seven players were available for USM to start the game against FIU (12-12) and after sophomore forward Matt Bingaya picked up his fifth personal foul in overtime, the Eagles were left with Keljin Blevins, Kevin Holland, Chip Armelin and Shadell Millinghaus to finish the game.

"The one time ever in my life four players in a game was a scrimmage in high school," Bingaya said.

The Black and Gold still had a chance to tie the game on the final possession, but came up short for their 11th conference loss of the 2014-2015 campaign, 73-71.

"At the end of the ballgame we can talk about Chip getting in there and you know, this or that, but the game was decided when we got up eleven, had the ball and just went nuts and took some bad shots and let them back in the ballgame," head coach Doc Sadler said.

Bingaya added that despite the outcome he was proud of how his team played under less than desirable circumstances.

"It's tough to play when you got seven dudes active in a game and it's not always going to go our way. We had the lead, yeah, but things happen in the game. It gets lopsided, but I give credit to my team because they went out there and fought hard."

Southern Miss hosts FAU (8-14, 1-10 C-USA) Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

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