Pirates Fall In C-USA Opener To USM 78-76

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- LaShay Page scored 20 points and Darnell Dodson added 17 to push Southern Mississippi past East Carolina 78-76 in the Conference USA opener for both teams Wednesday night.

The Golden Eagles (14-2) never trailed, but had to fight off a late East Carolina rally sparked by Pirates forward Darrius Morrow, who scored 12 of his game-high 23 points in the second half.

Southern Miss won the rebounding battle 35-25, including three out of the four rebounds after the 1:28 mark in the second half when East Carolina (9-5) was making its push.

Torye Pelham, then Rashard McGill pulled down rebounds after teammates missed the front end of two 1-and-1 opportunities in the final minute.

Miguel Paul scored 19 for East Carolina, including a final free throw that pulled the Pirates within two with 2.8 seconds left, but Pelham rebounded his second shot and cleared it out as time expired.

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  • by Go Pirates! on Jan 6, 2012 at 12:27 AM
    Good effort Pirates! Keep building it!
  • by Ralph Location: Winterville on Jan 5, 2012 at 04:38 AM
    Ah Mr. K must be tough to be an expert with no team to coach. ECU for the first time in years is in games. Perhaps if we had all the NC tax money and BCS money we would be a power house. But we do with what we have and the support of our community. Mr. K at what level of support are you in the Pirate Club? Alumni Association?
  • by Mr. K on Jan 4, 2012 at 11:33 PM
    ECU basketball is abysmal.

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