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November 13, 2013
Eagles beat DePaul 75-68
Aaron Brown scored all of his team-high 13 points in the second half and Southern Miss defeated host DePaul 75-68 in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at Allstate Arena Wednesday night.ROSEMONT, Ill. -
Michael Craig finished with 12 points and eight rebounds while Daveon Boardingham had 12 points and seven rebounds. Southern Miss (2-0) didn't start a player taller than 6-7, yet finished with a 36-29 rebounding advantage over the Blue Demons, who started three players taller than 6-7.
Brandon Young led DePaul (1-1) with a game-high 23 points and had a team-high six rebounds in the loss. Cleveland Melvin had 16 points while freshman Billy Garrett had a game-high eight assists.
The Golden Eagles led by as many as 11 points in the second half after falling behind 21-9 to start the game. DePaul made three of its first five 3-pointers but the Southern Miss zone defense worked out in the long run as DePaul finished 7 of 26 behind the arc.
DePaul rallied late, cutting the lead down to 59-57 but a Brown 3-pointer extended it. A Melvin 3-pointer with 5:19 remaining helped DePaul get within one score but the Golden Eagles outscored DePaul 10-3 down the stretch.
Southern Miss fell behind by double figures on several occasions during the first half but a 7-0 run forced DePaul to call a timeout with 4:52 remaining and a 26-22 lead. The timeout didn't help as DePaul failed to score on their next two possessions and Neil Watson tied it 26-26 with 3:30 remaining. The Blue Demons never led again.
Deonte Houston gave Southern Miss the lead with a three-point play and Boardingham helped the Golden Eagles take their biggest lead of the first half, 31-26, after he grabbed an offensive rebound and muscled in a putback.
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