Posted December 31, 2011 on AP on Fox
LaShay Page scored 29 points as Southern Mississippi won its ninth straight game Saturday, pulling away from McNeese State late in the first half for a 65-56 victory. The Golden Eagles (13-2) never trailed, although the score was tied three times early. Leading 20-19 with 4:11 left until halftime, Southern Miss went on a 12-3 run. The Golden Eagles then held on despite shooting only 20 percent from the field in the second half (5 of 25), including 0 of 7 3-pointers. Southern Miss scored more second-half points from the free-throw line, hitting 23 of 27. A layup by Rudy Turner got the Cowboys (4-8) within four, at 52-48 with 3:58 remaining, but they could get no closer. The Golden Eagles made 9 of 10 free throws in the last 2 minutes. Turner led McNeese State with 22 points and 18 rebounds, both season highs, and had 11 offensive boards.
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