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Elmore, Marshall stop Southern Miss 85-75, reach title game

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Jon Elmore scored 26 points and drained a timely 3-pointer after a seemingly comfortable lead disappeared to hold off Southern Miss 85-75 in the Conference USA semifinals on Friday and advance to the championship game for the second-straight year.

Marshall (23-10), the No. 4 seed, will meet third-seeded Western Kentucky (24-9) in Saturday's championship game.

Ninth-seeded Southern Miss (16-18), which toppled two-time defending champion and No. 1-seeded Middle Tennessee, 71-68, in overtime in the quarterfinals, put a scare into Marshall. The Golden Eagles steadily whittled a 24-point gap down to six, 71-65, with three minutes left. Marshall had gone without a field goal for the better part of six minutes and SMU was on an 11-0 run.

That's when Elmore stepped up to hit the big 3-pointer with 2:13 remaining, to blunt the Golden Eagles rally. Marshall was 10-for-10 at the line in the last 1:14.

Elmore was 7 of 7 at the line and made five 3-pointers with nine rebounds and nine assists. Jannson Williams added 17 points.

Cortez Edwards led the Southern Miss comeback with 30 points on 12 of 19 shooting, his fourth-straight game of 20 or more. Tyree Griffin added 19.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Jannson Williams 21.0
  Tyree Griffin missed 3-pt. jump shot 23.0
+ 1 Jannson Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 28.0
+ 1 Jannson Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 28.0
  Personal foul on Cortez Edwards 28.0
+ 2 Tyree Griffin made layup 29.0
+ 1 C.J. Burks made 2nd of 2 free throws 36.0
+ 1 C.J. Burks made 1st of 2 free throws 36.0
  Personal foul on Tyree Griffin 36.0
+ 3 LaDavius Draine made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dominic Magee 39.0
+ 1 Jarrod West made 2nd of 2 free throws 48.0
Team Stats
Points 75 85
Field Goals 28-62 (45.2%) 26-51 (51.0%)
3-Pointers 8-29 (27.6%) 12-28 (42.9%)
Free Throws 11-14 (78.6%) 21-25 (84.0%)
Total Rebounds 29 36
Offensive 7 5
Defensive 18 27
Team 4 4
Assists 15 17
Steals 5 7
Blocks 1 3
Turnovers 7 11
Fouls 19 14
Technicals 0 1
30 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST
26 PTS, 9 REB, 9 AST
12T
away team logo Southern Miss 16-18 274875
home team logo Marshall 23-10 473885
Team Stats
away team logo Southern Miss 16-18 72.5 PPG 38 RPG 16.8 APG
home team logo Marshall 23-10 80.5 PPG 36.9 RPG 14.2 APG
Key Players
1
C. Edwards G 13.2 PPG 6.2 RPG 3.4 APG 45.8 FG%
33
J. Elmore G 20.3 PPG 5.1 RPG 5.1 APG 39.3 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Edwards G 30 PTS 8 REB 2 AST
J. Elmore G 26 PTS 9 REB 9 AST
45.2 FG% 51.0
27.6 3PT FG% 42.9
78.6 FT% 84.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Edwards 30 8 2 12/19 0/4 6/8 4 36 1 1 2 4 4
T. Griffin 19 1 8 6/15 4/9 3/4 2 37 0 0 2 0 1
D. Magee 8 8 3 3/6 2/3 0/0 2 30 1 0 1 0 8
E. Davis III 5 2 1 2/7 1/5 0/0 2 19 1 0 0 2 0
K. Holland 2 1 1 1/6 0/4 0/0 3 37 2 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Edwards 30 8 2 12/19 0/4 6/8 4 36 1 1 2 4 4
T. Griffin 19 1 8 6/15 4/9 3/4 2 37 0 0 2 0 1
D. Magee 8 8 3 3/6 2/3 0/0 2 30 1 0 1 0 8
E. Davis III 5 2 1 2/7 1/5 0/0 2 19 1 0 0 2 0
K. Holland 2 1 1 1/6 0/4 0/0 3 37 2 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Rowe 4 1 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 3 10 0 0 0 1 0
D. Richardson 4 2 0 1/1 0/0 2/2 3 19 0 0 2 0 2
L. Draine 3 2 0 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 11 0 0 0 0 2
A. Hampton 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Weatherspoon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Gill - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Harper-Baker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 75 25 15 28/62 8/29 11/14 19 200 5 1 7 7 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Elmore 26 9 9 7/13 5/10 7/7 1 40 1 1 2 0 9
J. Williams 17 5 0 5/6 2/2 5/6 2 30 1 0 1 2 3
C. Burks 13 6 6 4/11 1/7 4/4 2 38 2 0 3 0 6
A. Penava 12 4 0 5/7 1/2 1/2 2 25 0 2 3 1 3
J. West 12 2 2 3/6 3/5 3/4 1 34 1 0 0 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Elmore 26 9 9 7/13 5/10 7/7 1 40 1 1 2 0 9
J. Williams 17 5 0 5/6 2/2 5/6 2 30 1 0 1 2 3
C. Burks 13 6 6 4/11 1/7 4/4 2 38 2 0 3 0 6
A. Penava 12 4 0 5/7 1/2 1/2 2 25 0 2 3 1 3
J. West 12 2 2 3/6 3/5 3/4 1 34 1 0 0 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. George 3 3 0 1/3 0/1 1/2 3 13 1 0 1 1 2
R. Watson 2 3 0 1/5 0/1 0/0 3 20 1 0 1 1 2
O. Elmore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mijovic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Thieneman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Bledsoe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Fenton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Koljanin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Villers - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 85 32 17 26/51 12/28 21/25 14 200 7 3 11 5 27