Southern Miss' season is over, but the upward trend under Doc Sadler continues

If the clocks were turned back to fall, and many schools' basketball fans were told they were going to have 20 wins and a tie game with eight minutes left in their conference tournament semifinals, they would have taken it.

The squad withstood Marshall's vaunted offensive attack in an 82-73 win in the quarterfinals, but WKU proved to be too much in a 70-59 defeat on Friday afternoon.

Southern Miss head coach Doc Sadler stayed the course and has taken the Golden Eagles through an upward trend in conference wins through the last five years (3-5-6-7-11).

The Golden Eagles, whose largest lead was 12-5 in the early going, were up 42-36 with 14:47 left, but WKU went on an 8-0 run over the next 2:47 to put the game back up for grabs.

One silver lining from the Golden Eagles' defeat at the hands of the Hilltoppers: Tyree Griffin, in the opening minutes of Friday's game, passed Dallas Dale (1991-92) for sole possession of the school's single-season record for assists, now at 226.

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