East Carolina vs Southern Miss

Southern Miss. 78, East Carolina 76


HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - LaShay Page scored 20 points and Darnell Dodson added 17 to push Southern Mississippi past East Carolina 78-76 in the Conference USA opener for both teams Wednesday night.

The Golden Eagles (14-2) never trailed, but had to fight off a late East Carolina rally sparked by Pirates forward Darrius Morrow, who scored 12 of his game-high 23 points in the second half.

Southern Miss won the rebounding battle 35-25, including three out of the four rebounds after the 1:28 mark in the second half when East Carolina (9-5) was making its push.

Torye Pelham, then Rashard McGill pulled down rebounds after teammates missed the front end of two 1-and-1 opportunities in the final minute.

Miguel Paul scored 19 for East Carolina, including a final free throw that pulled the Pirates within two with 2.8 seconds left, but Pelham rebounded his second shot and cleared it out as time expired.

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East Carolina Pirates
D. Morrow, F377-129-950323
M. Kemp, F265-94-460314
M. Paul, G367-142-3210419
E. Straughn, G282-40-05124
S. Bowden, G182-40-00114
P. Roberts-Campbell253-60-01029
R. Sampson141-10-01033
C. Gaines130-10-01220
A. Steed30-00-01000
Totals 27-5115-1625142076
Southern Miss Golden Eagles
M. Bolden, F232-36-642210
T. Pelham, F213-40-110126
L. Page, G406-132-242220
A. Johnson, G384-90-02628
R. McGill, G141-20-12032
N. Watson283-114-524211
D. Dodson215-87-860217
J. Mills151-52-54034
Totals 25-5521-2835151878
Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
La. Tech15-327-958
Old Dominion13-527-846
Western Ky.12-620-12117
Middle Tenn.9-919-17139
UT-San Antonio8-1014-16237
North Texas8-1014-17224
So. Miss4-149-20283
Other games
MU 70 Final
DUKE 73 Final
Temple 78
EKY 67 Final
K-State 49 Final
Kansas 67
Syracuse 87 Final