Southern Miss' C-USA tournament run comes to end

The Hilltoppers’ defense and size proved to be the difference in the win for Western Kentucky, as they handed the Golden Eagles a 70-59 loss on Friday.

Uncharacteristic was the turnovers that we had and then the offensive rebounds and more importantly just the drives and transition.”

The Golden Eagles turned the ball over 16 times after posting a season average of just 10, which was the top mark in C-USA.

“So [we we’re] just trying to tell the guys to be more aggressive when the ball [was] loose and make the right rotations when the defense is taking you out.”

Despite the turnovers, Western Kentucky penetrated inside the paint, outscoring Southern Miss 32-12 in that category and scored 18 points off second-chance opportunities, while the Golden Eagles did not score any second-chance points.

The second chance plays and rebounds culminated with Western Kentucky’s final run that broke the game open at the 7:29 mark, as the Hilltoppers took control with a 12-3 run.

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