HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss scored nine points in overtime, all on free throws, but it was enough to give head coach Donnie Tyndall his first victory, as the Golden Eagles won, 67-64, over Western Kentucky, Saturday night at Reed Green Coliseum.
The victory gave Southern Miss its 16th straight win at home, which is the seventh longest in the country. The Golden Eagles have also won their last eight season-openers.
"I'm as proud of this team as I am of any other," said Tyndall. "I'm very proud of this team and the effort they gave. To come into the game with two guys injured, and then to have four foul out, we certainly have a lot of things that we have to clean up. But, I can't fault our effort. We did all of the tough things that we had to do against a real good Western Kentucky team."
Michael Craig had 13 point and seven rebound and Jerrold Brooks had 13 points, five rebounds and four steals. Dwayne Davis dropped in 11 points, while Deon Edwin (188-G) added a team-high eight boards to go along with seven points.
Western Kentucky got the upper hand early in overtime, when Kevin Kaspar hit his fourth three-pointer of the game. Southern Miss then connected on seven straight free throws to take 65-61 lead. WKU pulled back to within one point when Jamal Crook converted a three-point play, but Brooks hit two straight free throws to make it a three-point game. The Hilltoppers had one final chance to tie the game, but O'Karo Akamune's three-point try was long, and Southern Miss held on.
Southern Miss came out of gate on fire, using a pair of three-pointers from Brooks and Davis to score the first 10 points of the game. After a three minute draught that saw neither team score, WKU finally got on the board on a George Fant jumper 6:09 into the game.
Play went back-and-forth as the teams traded baskets, but a pair of layups by Craig and Edwin gave Southern Miss its largest lead of the game, 24-10, with 6:47 to play.
The Hilltoppers then went on a 12-4 run over the next 4:33 to pull to within six points. But a dunk by Norville Carey sent the Golden Eagles in halftime with a 30-22 lead.
Southern Miss immediately pushed the lead to 10 in the second half on a Jonathan Mills jumper. But, Western Kentucky scored eight of the next nine points to make it a three-point game.
The Golden Eagles then scored eight straight points to take its largest lead of the second half. After missing its first 11 three-point attempts, WKU finally got one to go down by Kaspar. Following a pair of free throw by both teams, the Hilltoppers took advantage of two straight turnovers to score eight straight points and pull to within 45-43 with 9:07 to play.
Southern Miss went on a 10-3 run to push the lead back to 55-46, but WKU scored 10 straight points, capped off by a three-pointer by Kaspar with three minutes left to give the Hilltoppers their first lead of the game.
The Black and Gold hit three straight free throws to make it 58-56, but a pair of free throws by Fant sent the game into overtime.
Crook led the Hilltoppers with 17 points. Kaspar scored 13 and Fant added 10. T.J. Price pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.
Southern Miss shot 36.7-percent (22-of-60) from the floor and held WKU to 21-of-64 (32.8%) shooting. The Golden Eagles were also 70-percent (21-of-30) from the charity stripe, while Western Kentucky connected on just 16-of-30 (53.3%). Both teams pulled down 46 rebounds. Southern Miss also had 15 steals.
Southern Miss begins a four-game road trip next week when it travels to Athens, Ga., to face Georgia in the opening round of the Progressive Legends Classic, Thursday, Nov. 15.
Former Georgia Tech guard Marcus Georges-Hunt(196-F-94) is getting his share of looks from NBA teams in advance of the draft. Last week, Georges-Hunt worked out for Brooklyn, Detroit, Houston and Utah on four successive days, Wednesday through Saturday. He told the Nuggets website that his next workout will be with Utah on Tuesday. In Denver, one of his workout partners happened to be former Yellow Jacket forward Robert Carter, who transferred to Maryland after two seasons and remains a... [read more]
Former Georgia Tech guard Marcus Georges-Hunt (196-F-94) is getting his share of looks from NBA teams in advance of the draft.
Last week, Georges-Hunt worked out for Brooklyn, Detroit, Houston and Utah on four successive days, Wednesday through Saturday. He told the Nuggets website that his next workout will be with Utah on Tuesday.
In Denver, one of his workout partners happened to be former Yellow Jacket forward Robert Carter, who transferred to Maryland after two seasons and remains a close friend of Georges-Hunt's. The two went one-on-one, part of which was caught on camera.
Georges-Hunt is not likely to be taken in the two-round draft June 23, but seems a strong candidate to be signed to a summer-league team, through which he could potentially earn a spot in a team's preseason camp.
Georges-Hunt, who earned his degree from Tech earlier this month, said that his goal is to 'defensively, show that I'm a lockdown defender, I'm able to finish in transition, finish with contact, and be able to knock down open shots.'
Georges-Hunt's senior season enabled him to demonstrate his versatility and scoring and passing skill. He was tasked with defending many of the ACC's best over his four seasons, including North Carolina's Reggie Bullock, Duke's Seth Curry, Notre Dame's Jerian Grant and Virginia's Joe Harris and Malcolm Brogdon. All either have been, are or almost certainly will be in the NBA.
'It's funny, because it seems like everybody I've guarded is in the NBA now on some roster,' Georges-Hunt said. 'I thank Georgia Tech for putting me on those types of players and challenging me.'
FIRST TEAM F 6-6 Jordan Lake, Senior, Good Hope-Country Day F 6-4 JB Brodie, Senior, Charlotte Amalie G 6-3 Franklyn Penn, Junior, Elmore Stoutt G 5-10 Carlos Rosa Jr., Senior, Complex G 5-6 Jahkeele Stevens, Senior, Eudora Kean SECOND TEAM F 6-6 Shakeem Alcindor, Junior, Complex F 6-3 Miguel Lopez Jr., Junior, Central High F 6-1 Emari Howe, Junior, Eudora Kean G 5-8 Jaime Roebuck, Senior, Educational Complex G 5-8 Robelto James, Senior, Charlotte Amalie THIRD TEAM F 6-1 Shamori Ventura... [read more]
FIRST TEAM F 6-6 Jordan Lake, Senior, Good Hope-Country Day F 6-4 JB Brodie, Senior, Charlotte Amalie G 6-3 Franklyn Penn, Junior, Elmore Stoutt G 5-10 Carlos Rosa Jr., Senior, Complex G 5-6 Jahkeele Stevens, Senior, Eudora Kean
SECOND TEAM F 6-6 Shakeem Alcindor, Junior, Complex F 6-3 Miguel Lopez Jr., Junior, Central High F 6-1 Emari Howe, Junior, Eudora Kean G 5-8 Jaime Roebuck, Senior, Educational Complex G 5-8 Robelto James, Senior, Charlotte Amalie
THIRD TEAM F 6-1 Shamori Ventura, Senior, Good Hope-Country Day F 6-3 D'Moi Hodge, Junior, Elmore Stoutt G 6-0 Zion Jones, Junior, Central High G 5-10 Jeremy Coker, Educational Complex G 5-8 Jemoi Gibbs, Junior, Eudora Kean
Honorable Mention: Rahkeem Swanston (Central), Trajon Ali (Central), Macial Thomas (Central), Devante Brewley (Elmore Stoutt), Lester Weltshire (Elmore Stoutt), Aloy Henrillien (St. Joseph), Chalo Jacobs (St. Joseph), Kali James (Good Hope-Country Day), Max Wilson (SDA), Ethan Lysiak (Antilles), Eli James (Antilles), Jordan Knight (Montessori), Ty Massaquoi (Gifft Hill), Serene Hansen (Ss. Peter and Paul), Gyrez Gaspard (Complex), Daveon Plummer (Eudora Kean), Rashawn Emmanuel (Eudora Kean).
INDIVIDUAL AWARDS The Individual Awards was voted by seven people who are some of the biggest basketball fans in the territory. Three are from St. Croix and St. Thomas and the other is a transplant from the United States. Each person had a vote and the player with the most votes received the award.
Tim Duncan Player of the Year Award: Jahkeele Stevens, Eudora Kean Comment: Stevens play was exciting all season long. MVP of Eudora Kean Tournament was his coming out party.
Raja Bell Defensive Player of the Year Award: Jordan Lake, Good Hope-Country Day Comment: A great rebounds and plays rugged defense whether it is on ball or coming from the weak side for a block.
Holman Harley Lead Guard Award: Jaime Roebuck, Educational Complex Comment: The Russell Westbrook of the Virgin Islands. However he led Complex to the St. Croix IAA title.
Fitzroy Brow Shot Blocking Award: Shakeem Alcindor, Educational Complex Comment: He is tall and he is very athletic. He changes so much shot and his three swats at All Star game was impressive.
Ronald Charles Rebounding Award: Jordan Lake., Good Hope-Country Day Comment: A glass cleaner. Does he use Windex?
Will "Pewee" Petersen Shooting Award: Jahkeele Stevens, Eudora Kean Comment: He found his shot against Gray Collegiate Academy and never let it go. He made some awfully deep three point shots.
Glen "Kimble" Williams Scoring Award: Carlos Rosa Jr., Educational Complex Comment: Able to score from everywhere on the court and has that strong frame.
Cuthbert Victor Most Versatile Player Award: D'Moi Hodge, Elmore Stoutt Comment: Hodge does a little bit of everything for the Rams.
Leon Trimmingham Sixth Man Award: Emari Howe, Eudora Kean Comment: Howe looked very impressive at the All Star Game and had many big offensive explosions over the course of the season.
David Vanterpool Coach of the Year Award: Earl Baker, GOOD HOPE-COUNTRY DAY Comment: Baker took a team that lost almost everything to wins over every public school in the territory.
Milton M. Newton Territory Champs: Eudora Kean High School Comment: Won the St. Thomas district and two Tournaments and finished in second place at the Martin Luther King Tournament.
JONESBORO, Ark. (5/17/16) - Pace High School (Milton, Fla.) standout Jahmiah Simmons has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Arkansas State men's basketball program, head coach Grant McCasland announced Tuesday. 'We are excited to have Jahmiah join our A-State basketball program,' said McCasland. 'The first thing that jumps out at you when you see him play is his feel for the game. He can really pass and creates mismatches with his versatility. Jahmiah is a great student and... [read more]
JONESBORO, Ark. (5/17/16) - Pace High School (Milton, Fla.) standout Jahmiah Simmons has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Arkansas State men's basketball program, head coach Grant McCasland announced Tuesday.
'We are excited to have Jahmiah join our A-State basketball program,' said McCasland. 'The first thing that jumps out at you when you see him play is his feel for the game. He can really pass and creates mismatches with his versatility. Jahmiah is a great student and will be a tremendous teammate. He has international experience at the highest of levels and we feel confident that will translate to our program.'
Simmons, a 6-4 190 pound guard/foward, averaged 15.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists during his senior season and was named the Pensacola News Journal Player of the Year. He helped the Patriots to the quarterfinals of the Class 6A Regional scoring 23 points in the 62-52 setback to No. 3 Gainesville. He played in the 2016 Pensacola Sports/Subway All-Star Game scoring 17 points, including 11 in the second half, helping the East squad to a 100-91 victory. He finished his prep career at Pace averaging a double-double in all three seasons.
Playing for the U.S. Virgin Islands U17 team, Simmons was voted the best small forward at the FIBA Centrobasket last summer. The squad defeated Mexico in the 2015 FIBA Centrobasket U17 tournament last year to qualify for 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championships. Simmons scored 13 points and pulled in nine rebounds in the win over Mexico. The silver medal finish was the highest finish in the history of the U.S. Virgin Islands junior national team. Led by A-State assistant Jareem Dowling, the junior national team will compete in the FIBA Tournament of Americas, the second-highest games on the junior level, July 19-25 in Chile.
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