Southern Mississippi drops Drexel with big second half

Posted: January 05, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Drexel coach Bruiser Flint had a very simple explanation after his Dragons were knocked around before being knocked off in their final nonconference game of the year.

"They just outphysicaled us, bottom line," Flint said after watching Southern Mississippi bang its way to a 66-49 victory before 6,082 at Green Coliseum.

"It all goes into it, when you get outphysicaled and don't shoot the ball well, that's what happens," Flint said. "It's a three-point game at halftime, we miss two layups to start the half, we miss some foul shots, and . . . that was it."

The Golden Eagles (13-2) outrebounded Drexel by 52-34, including a 22-6 advantage on the offensive end. The Dragons struggled shooting from the floor (38 percent) and made just 5 of 17 free throws (29 percent).

"We've scored less than [59] points our last four games," Flint said. "We've been shooting like this the last four games."

Trailing by just 31-28 at halftime, Drexel (8-5) managed only six points over the first 13 minutes, 17 seconds of the second half, as Southern Miss ran away to a 60-34 lead with 6:43 to play.

"With six minutes to go, my assistant said, 'Hey, you know we've got six points, right.' " Flint said. "But it wasn't a surprise [because] we played that way."

The Dragons lost for the third time in their last four games and dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Sophomore forward Tavan Allen led the Dragons with 15 points, while senor guard Chris Fouch added 13 points.

Southern Miss guard Aaron Brown, a Temple transfer, led four Golden Eagles in double-figure scoring with 11 points, while forwards Michael Craig and Jeremiah Eason and guard Jerrold Brooks added 10 apiece.

Craig posted his third consecutive double-double, grabbing 11 rebounds.

"Our initial defense was fine," Flint said. "It was after that. Once they missed a shot, they went and got it. We just couldn't come up with a rebound."

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