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Southern Miss Crushed Marshall on Wednesday Night…By 56 Points

Jerome Miron-USA Today Sports

History was made and school records were pushed to the brim on Wednesday night as Southern Miss did a little bit of everything against Marshall.

The Golden Eagles, who led the conference as a team averaging 38.4% from distance on the season, converted on 11-of-20 three-pointers in their victory over the Thundering Herd. Bottom line when the final buzzer sounded however, was that Southern Miss had knocked off Marshall by a total of 56 points.

In their 102-46 victory, the Golden Eagles made history by notching their largest win ever in Conference USA play. The 56-point margin of victory is something that you normally don’t see around this time of year, but the Golden Eagles may have done themselves a huge favor by winning so convincingly.

At 16-4 overall and 5-0 within the league, Southern Miss is once again making its case for a berth within the NCAA Tournament. While Memphis still readily may appear to be the favorite, the Golden Eagles are looking like a team that is going to certainly give the Tigers a run for their money in Conference USA.

In the win, Southern Miss also notched their highest offensive total since joining the league and extended their home winning streak to 23 games, a mark that ties their longest such streak since 1951.

Jerrold Brooks paced the Eagles with 20 points, but it was just as much about their defensive effort as it was about their offensive numbers. Marshall’s DeAndre Kane, who entered the contest averaging just under eight assists per game, was held to just two on Wednesday night. Shockingly enough, Kane also turned the ball over 11 times.

Southern Miss will look to keep things rolling on Saturday as they make the trip to Tulsa. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:05pm (EST).

 

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