Southern Miss defeats FAU, remains atop C-USA heap
Published 11:30 am Monday, March 3, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Southern Miss moved a step closer to the Conference USA championship.
Daveon Boardingham scored 24 points, hitting 12 of 15 free throws, as the Golden Eagles outlasted Florida Atlantic 60-49 on Sunday.
Southern Miss (25-5, 12-3 Conference USA) moved into a first-place tie with Middle Tennessee, Tulsa and Louisiana Tech with one game to play. The regular season ends Thursday night, with Southern Miss playing at Tulane.
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Southern Miss closed out Sunday’s game with a strong finishing kick. It went on an 8-0 run as FAU made just one of its last five shots and turned it over three times in the last 4:22. FAU had whittled a 17-point deficit early in the second half to three, at 49-46 on a 3-pointer by Justin Raffington with 5:30 remaining.
Southern Miss scored seven of its last 11 points at the foul line.
Aaron Brown added 15 points for USM, making all eight of his free throw attempts. As a team, the Golden Eagles went 28-for-37 from the line to make up for a 34.9 percent (15-for-43) shooting performance from the field.
Raffington paced Florida Atlantic (10-20, 5-10) with 14 points. Jackson Trapp and Marquan Botley had 11 apiece, and Tyler Pate added 10. Florida Atlantic was 8-for-31 from 3-point range, and shot 29.6 percent (16-for-54) from the field.