NASSAU, Bahamas (WTVA/USM Athletics) – After a tight, back and forth first half, Southern Miss took control in the second half, defeating the Commonwealth Giants, 97-71, Saturday afternoon. The Golden Eagles are now (4-0) on its Bahamas Tour after handing the Giants just their second loss of their season.
“I was pleased with our effort and performance,” said head coach Donnie Tyndall. “I thought the guys played hard. We were able to create some turnovers and get out in the open floor and get some transition baskets. We were plus-18 on the glass against a pretty physical team. So I was very pleased.”
Southern Miss trailed by as many as seven points in the first half before taking a 46-41 lead at the half. Commonwealth pulled to within one with two straight baskets to start the third quarter. But the Golden Eagles took the game over, finishing the quarter on a 27-10 run.
Southern Miss placed six players in double-figures, led by Neil Watson’s 18 points. He also had eight assists, five rebounds and two steals.
Michael Craig and Matt Bingaya each recorded double-doubles. Bingaya scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Craig had 10 points and pulled down 12 boards.
Aaron Brown continued his strong play, scoring 11 points, while recording six rebounds and three assists. Chip Armelin scored 13 points and Daveon Boardingham added 10 points four rebounds and two assists.
Southern Miss will play its final game of the tour tomorrow against the Real Deal Shockers at 3 p.m. CT.