HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Poor shooting and a barrage of turnovers doomed the
Marshall men's basketball team in a 102-46 defeat to Southern Miss on
Wednesday in front of 4,106 fans at Reed Green Coliseum.
It was the 23rd straight home win by the Golden Eagles (16-4, 5-0 Conference USA), the fifth longest home winning streak in Division I. They forced the Thundering Herd (9-10, 2-2 C-USA) into a season-high 31 turnovers and its most lopsided defeat as a member of C-USA.
"We did not compete from the top to the bottom, not one man, not one guy," said head coach Tom Herrion. "That was as disappointing and unacceptable of a performance by my team since I've been head coach."
A three-pointer by Elijah Pittman in the first possession of the game gave the Herd a 3-0 lead. Jonathan Mills made two of his team-high 16 points to give Southern Miss a 4-3 lead just over two minutes into the contest and from there, the Golden Eagles took control of the game. Southern Miss led by as much as 40 points in the first half, 47-7 at the 6:06 mark, after a 40-7 run, and led 53-17 at halftime.
The Golden Eagles missed just 10 shots in the first half (20-for-30) including 8-for-13 from three-point range. Marshall shot 6-of-17 and fell victim to 15 turnovers. The 17 points by the Herd tied a season-low for points in a half (Delaware State).
Marshall scored slightly more points in the second half (29) and allowed slightly less (49). The Golden Eagles' finished the game with its largest lead of 56.
Junior guard DeAndre Kane joined Pittman in double figures with 13 points. All of his four made field goals were from three-point range as he was 4-for-7 from beyond the arc. Kane was also responsible for a career-high 11 turnovers.
Sophomore forward Jamir Hanner played 12 of his 18 minutes in the second half and scored eight points off the bench.
"Southern Miss is a good team, but we never gave ourselves a chance," Herrion said.
Jerrold Brooks led the Golden Eagles with a game-high 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting, 4-of-6 from three-point range. Dwayne Davis scored 19 points for Southern Miss which shot 63.2 percent from the field and 55 percent from three-point range, the most allowed by a Herd opponent all season.
Marshall shot 33.3 percent from the field and the same from three-point range (7-of-21).
Marshall will next be in action on Saturday when it plays at Memphis (15-3, 4-0 C-USA). Game time is at 2 p.m. and will be televised on FSN.