Offensive Woes, Turnovers Plague Golden Eagles in a Loss

With the lack of offensive production accompanied by numerous turnovers, Southern Miss failed to get a victory as the Charlotte 49ers crushed the Golden Eagles, 71-43, on Saturday evening.

Southern Miss (7-19, 2-13) jumped out to an early 12-6 lead with 15:24 remaining in the first half, but things would quickly change.

The 49er offense came to life as 49er guard Pierria Henry tied the game at 12 and Keyshawn Woods hit a huge jump shot that set the tone for the remainder of the half as Charlotte limited the Golden Eagles from scoring another basket over the next 7:27.

The Golden Eagles shot a dismal 36 percent from the floor in the first half while the 49ers shot 54 percent, finishing on an 18-0 run to take a 36-21 lead at the half.

In the second half, Charlotte (12-15, 5-9) continued its dominance on offense and defense, limiting the Golden Eagles to shoot just 29 percent from the field. The 49ers never led in the game by less than 13 points in the second half, shooting 42 percent from the floor.

Charlotte maintained a lead by a margin of 20 points throughout the majority of the second half. In the final minutes of the game, the 49ers increased their lead by a margin of 20 or more points due to a couple of late three-point baskets and a dunk from Cameron Blakely to give Charlotte a 71-43 victory.

For the game, the Golden Eagles shot 32 percent from the field while the 49ers shot 47 percent.

The 49ers outrebounded Southern Miss 46-28, outscored the Golden Eagles in points in the paint 38-20 and 33 of their 71 points came from players off the bench.

The Golden Eagles also committed 16 turnovers that led to 24 49er points in the game.

Chip Armelin led the Golden Eagles in scoring with 16 points, followed by Norville Carey with 10 and Matt Bingaya with eight.

Torin Dorn recorded 11 points as the leading scorer for the 49ers, followed by Pierria Henry with 10 points.

Southern Miss returns to action Thursday as the Golden Eagles take on the University of Texas-San Antonio at Reed Green Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.