Southern Miss edges Hurricane

January 31, 2013

Southern Mississippi held on for a narrow win 62-59 win over Tulsa Saturday in a game that seesawed back and forth.

Pat Swilling led Tulsa (12-9, 4-3 in C-USA)  with 14 points as four TU players hit double figures in scoring.

TU’s James Woodard had 13 points and led TU in rebounds with 7, while Kauri Black added 12 points. Senior Scottie Haralson had 11 points.

“Southern Miss is a very talented team, and they made the plays down the stretch that were required to win,” said TU coach Danny Manning. “We had some opportunities to grab it, but we did not capitalize. You look at the rebounding margin, and they really hurt us on the offensive glass. They got 18 second-chance points, 19 offensive rebounds, and shot 39 percent for the game.

“You like to think that if you do a better job at rebounding the basketball, their second-chance points aren’t as high, but Donnie Tyndall has them playing at a great level right now.”

It was a physical game.

” We are an aggressive team defensively,” Manning said. “Southern Miss is an aggressive team defensively. I don’t know the particular order according to the stats, but I would like to think that Southern Miss and Tulsa both have reputations for being good defensively.

“We lost. We have to get better. That’s the bottom line. We had an opportunity, but we didn’t take advantage or put ourselves in a place to win the game. I think we try hard. We go out and put ourselves in the game. However, we want to try hard and win. The ‘almost’ or ‘you did this well’ doesn’t do anything, because at the end of the day, it isn’t what we want.”

TU plays at Memphis at 1 p.m. Saturday.