Hattiesburg, MS (Sports Network) - Jonathan Mills scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds to pace four players in double figures as the Southern Miss Golden Eagles downed the UCF Knights 78-74 in a Conference USA joust at Reed Green Coliseum.
LaShay Page and Neil Watson added 15 points each for the Golden Eagles (21-4, 8-2 C-USA). Torye Pelham added 12 points while Watson provided eight assists.
Isaiah Sykes topped all scorers with 27 points for the Knights (18-7, 7-4) while also collecting 10 rebounds. Marcus Jordan added 12 points.
The hosts led 37-27 at halftime after shooting 14-of-26 from the floor and hitting all seven of their foul shots. The Knights were a respectable 13-of-28 from the floor but missed all seven of their three-point tries.
Southern Miss was just 9-of-25 from the floor after halftime, but stayed in front by going 22-of-30 from the charity stripe.
The Golden Eagles were 29-of-37 from the line for the game. The Knights shot 52.7 percent from the floor for the game, but were just 4-of-16 from outside the arc.
02/11 20:17:02 ET
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