Drexel stalls in second half, falls to Southern Mississippi

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 Miss bang its way to a 66-49 victory.

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

The Golden Eagles (13-2) outrebounded Drexel, 52-34, including a 22-6 advantage on the offensive end, as they outscored the taller Dragons, 28-12, in the paint.

The Dragons struggled shooting from the floor (38 percent) and made only five of 17 free throws (29 percent).

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

"With 6 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."

USM scored the first 10 points of the second half to break open a tight game as the Dragons (8-5) lost for the third time in their last four games and dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season.

The Golden Eagles won their fourth game in a row and improved to 5-0 at home.

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

USM 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.

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