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NCAA Game Summary - Southern Miss at Middle Tennessee



(Saturday, February 15th)

Final Score: Middle Tennessee 81, Southern Miss 64

Murfreesboro, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kerry Hammonds knocked down six shots from beyond the arc en route to a game-high 26 points as the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders coasted to an 81-64 victory over the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in a Conference USA matchup at the Murphy Center.

The Blue Raiders (19-7, 9-2 C-USA) also received a strong contribution from Neiko Hunter, who finished with 20 points and seven rebounds. Tweety Knight tallied eight assists and three of the team's six steals to help Middle Tennessee notch its seventh win in a row.

Neil Watson paced USM (21-5, 8-3) with 17 points and four assists, but also committed seven of the team's 17 turnovers. Michael Craig added 11 points, while Jeremiah Eason posted 10 points and a team-high six boards. The loss was the second in a row for the Golden Eagles, who entered the contest tied with Middle Tennessee, Texas-El Paso and Louisiana Tech for first place in the C- USA standings.

The Blue Raiders could not be stopped in the opening period as they connected on 9-of-14 attempts from 3-point range and assisted 13 of their 15 made field goal attempts. USM went into the break trailing, 47-29, despite hitting on 58.8 percent of its shots from the floor in the first half.

The Golden Eagles made 43.3 percent of their field goal attempts in the second stanza. Middle Tennessee never relinquished its lead as it converted 18-of-25 attempts at the charity stripe after the intermission to keep the visitors at bay. USM committed 17 of its 29 personal fouls after halftime.

The Golden Eagles came up short despite outscoring the hosts, 36-14, in the paint. Middle Tennessee netted 23 points off of turnovers.

02/15 16:49:06 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
4th
CHI 87
NYK 79
 
3rd
HOU 61
NOP 63
 
1st
SAC 14
MIL 4
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
OKC
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
 
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
2nd
SD 45
MNTST 46
 
2nd
UAB 44
LSU 44
 
2nd
EVAN 44
OHIO 47
 
1st
CSFU 0
CSDH 0
 
1st
ORST 12
DEP 6
 
1st
PAC 5
NEV 6
 
1st
USF 10
PORST 7
 
1st
IDAHO 0
WALLA 0
 
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UTST
CALST
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
3rd
MON 0
ANA 1
 
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SJS
EDM
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LOS
STL
3rd
JAC 14
TEN 10