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Volume 98 Issue 34

We rebuilt, restored and recovered Southern Miss remembers tornado one year ago

Wilton Jackson Printz Reporter

“Rise to the top” is more than a motivational statement. It is a valued tradition at The University of Southern Mississippi. On Feb. 13, 2013, this deeply rooted tradition was tested by a powerful force of nature. “My fiance was with me in Century Park Four when I realized it was real,” said Shanice Hicks, a junior restaurant, tourism and management major. “I was terrified.” Last year’s devastating EF-4 tornado was real indeed, uprooting trees, damaging buildings and destroying the beauty of the campus. “I was riding my bike back from the coffee shop when I saw the tornado steering towards me,” said Lindsey Pellittieri, a junior special elementary education major. “The world seemed as if it had stopped turning and I feared the worse for myself.” Just three days before, the Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees (IHL) had


named Rodney Bennett as the tenth president to lead the university. Bennett was to assume the president position later in the spring 2013 semester. But, the devastation from the tornado altered the original plan. “April 1 was suppose to be my first, official day,” Bennett said at a press conference Friday. “However, in my heart, it was (Feb. 10) that I became the president.” Bennett immediately took charge, providing support and encouragement to faculty, staff, students and residents of the Hattiesburg community. “This is our institution,” Bennett said in an address to students before the campuswide cleanup in 2013. “It is going to succeed or fail based on what we do. The university and Hattiesburg community believed in the concept to ‘rebuild, restore and recover.’” Looking back one year ago today, through dedication and commitment, the restoration process is almost complete. “We have made significant progress over the last year,” said


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Ogletree House was left in shambles after the F-4 tornado hit Hattiesburg Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. The building, built in 1912, houses the university alumni association offices.

Assistant Director of Marketing and Campus Relations, as well as director of Physical Plant, Michelle Shinall. “With nearly 30 facilities damaged, we are well on our way to having the majority of the repairs completed within 18 to 24 months from the

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A year after taking a direct hit from the 2013 tornado, the Ogletree House is well on its way to being restored.

NEWS Philosophical Friday How celebrities and social media affect relationships.

FEATURE Pierce family restored Couple rebuilds after tornado.

date of the tornado.” Within the last year, the demolition of Elam Arms, the Jazz Station, Leech House and Shafer Crisis have been completed. In addition, the turf at M.M. Roberts Stadium, the Honor House and College Hall have been repaired. The Landscape Restoration and Enhancement Plan, the fivephase project to create views that highlight campus landmarks, has completed the Gateway and Rose Garden Phases due to donations to the Beautification Campaign. “Through the tireless work of our staff and the genuine interest of the community, the finish line is on the horizon,” said Loren Erickson, superintendent of campus landscape. “We are actually starting to see the benefits of the work we have done.” The Physical Plant is currently working on the Lake Byron Phase. The lake has been drained and cleaned from debris. Eventually, the lake will be slightly expanded and an honor wall will be added to recognize donors and other distinguished individuals. The Mississippi Department

OPINION Harry vs. Ron J.K. has second thoughts.

of Archives in History approved an ADA accessible bridge for the lake as well. The Ogletree House, one of the five original buildings on campus severely damaged from the tornado, is expected to be complete in June. “After the tornado, alumni offices temporarily moved off campus,” said Laurie Benvenutti, manager of constituent relations for the Southern Miss Alumni Association. “Nevertheless, thanks to the Department of Residence Life, I could work from campus a few days each week in order to still be accessible to Legacy students.” A portion of the offices are now open. Moreover, roof repairs to Marsh Hall and the Mannoni Performing Arts Center are near completion. Interior renovations and repairs will be completed in April. In addition, repairs to Southern and McLemore Halls will be completed in May or June. “After the tornado struck, we made a decision to focus on areas


See TORNADO, 3 SPORTS Men’s basketball Winning streak continues.


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EVENTS Monday, Feb. 10 Anthropology Society Bake Sale 9:00 AM LAB 2nd Floor High DEF Auditions 6:00 PM TCC 216

Tuesday, Feb. 11

SMAC Southern Miss Got Talent Auditions 6:30 PM RC’s Lounge

Friday, Feb. 14 Women’s Tennis South Alabama 1:00 PM Hattiesburg, Miss.

Gay Straight Alliance Meeting 5:00 PM TCC 210

Collegiate 100 Black Women | Cupid’s Playground 6:00 PM RC’s Lounge

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Saturday, Feb 15

Women’s Basketball Marshall 7:00 PM Hattiesburg, Miss.

Women’s Basketball Tulsa 4:00 PM Hattiesburg, Miss.

SMAC Dance Party 8:00 PM TCC Ballrooms

Sunday, Feb 16

Thursday, Feb. 13

Women’s Tennis Southeastern Louisiana 12:00 PM Hattiesburg, Miss.

Men’s Basketball UAB 8:00 PM Birmingham, Ala.

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continued from page 1 that directly impact student instruction time,” Shinall said. “Thus, our team worked quickly to repair Marsh, Mannoni PAC, College Hall and Southern

Monday, February 10, 2014 | Page 3 Hall, which allowed classes to resume quickly.” Over the last year, students have gained a deeper appreciation for the university. “This disaster taught me that Southern Miss is bigger than just an institution that provides degrees,” said Nicholas

Fountain, a junior social work major. “This is my second home and seeing current and former students, faculty and staff respond to the disaster assured me of my decision on coming to this great institution.” A tornado would not silence the “to the top” spirit of the Golden

Eagle community. “The university’s recovery from the tornado has been remarkable,” said USM Vice President of Student Affairs Joe Paul. “Our growth from this natural disaster speaks to our (resilience) that is at the heart of the Southern Miss community.”

This event has changed the face of campus forever, but also started a period of rejuvenation to better the quality of life at Southern Miss.


Gates delivers speech in Hattiesburg Kirstie Lowery Printz Reporter

On Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. the city of Hattiesburg welcomed former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Director of the CIA Robert Gates as he spoke about various political topics, as well as his book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.” The event drew crowds from across the state, including many college students. Hunter Holder, a junior computer science major, was intrigued at the idea of listening to Gates’ speech. “I think it’s interesting seeing what the CIA has to say,” Holder said. According to the university website, Gates was a featured speaker in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Lt. Col. John Dale Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series in International Security and Global Policy. Previously featured speakers include former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Wyche Fowler and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. At the start of the event, Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett addressed the audience and introduced many local political figures, including Gov. Phil Bryant. Afterwards, founding Director of the Center for the

Study of War and Society Andrew Wiest introduced Gates to the audience as he entered the stage. Throughout his speech, Gates discussed sponsorships for the Center for the Study of War and Society, a few of the lessons he learned about war during his time as the secretary of defense and major themes in his book, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the battles he fought with Congress in Washington. Gates discussed the triumphs and mistakes he made while serving as secretary of defense. While discussing his mistakes, Gates referenced lessons he learned due to his involvement with the war in Afghanistan. “When a swift regime change and a swift success on the battlefield opens the war, if you don’t have clearly defined objectives, a clearly defined strategy, you can end up with long grinding conflicts like we ended up with in both Iraq and Afghanistan,” Gates said. He said when it is difficult to define the objectives, military action should be scarce. Another topic Gates talked about were the similarities and differences between former President George Bush and President Barack Obama.

According to Gates, neither Bush nor Obama like to work with Congress. As a result, they are neither liked nor feared within Congress. Gates also informed

and their policies are more similar than most people realize. “Both presidents were devoted to the troops and did all that could be expected to support

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Former U.S Secretary of Defense and Director of the Cental Intelligence Agency, Robert Gates, speaks at the Saenger Theatre in Hattiesburg, Miss., Feb. 6 as part of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dale Distinguished Lecture Series in International Security and Global Policy. The Lecture Series is an effort of the university’s Center for the Study of War and Society.

audiences that both Bush and Obama each prefer socializing within small groups of friends rather than large crowds. They are both very active physically

them and the families of the wounded and the families of the fallen,” Gates said. Gates also told listeners of the differences between Bush and

Obama by informing them that Bush tends to be guided by his instinct, while Obama analyzes the situation before making a decision. Bush supported the troops, as well as the missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, Obama opposed the mission in Iraq and came to be skeptical of the mission in Afghanistan. Gates closed by discussing why America should not be quick to use military force in dangerous situations, and also why presidents need to be more willing to inform citizens of the reasons why military action is sometimes needed. Gates expressed his gratitude for the young men and women putting their lives at risk for America before he talked about the guilt he felt for playing a role in sending each of them to war, which led to his decision to leave the government. “While the wounded troops I visited in hospitals put on a brave front for me, in my mind’s eye, I could see them wide awake, alone in the hours before dawn confronting the pain, the broken dreams and their shattered lives,” Gates said. He said because of the sacrifices made by the wounded and fallen soldiers and their families, he dedicated his book to them.


Love in the age of social media canceling out the associations of love with friends, family or objects, she ultimately defined it as a fully realized, autonomous, On Feb. 7, the Department erotically driven desire to live out of Philosophy and Religion your life with someone else. Playing upon the theories of hosted its first Philosophical Friday lecture of the 2014 American philosopher Robert spring semester, “The Fall of Solomon, McElroy continued to Eros: Is Love Still Possible After define love as a transformation Facebook and Miley Cyrus?” of identity with respect to Speaker Peyton McElroy came someone else. She speculates that people to with an impressive Ivy League resume, having recieved her who are in love must forfeit their master’s degree in philosophy own desires and begin to take the of religion from Yale Divinity desires of their lover into account, School in 2004 and her Ph.D. changing their identity over time. There are several challenges in philosophy from Stanford to this idea of love in the University in 2011. She began the lecture by modern day according to certain first seeking an answer to the philosophers that McElroy cites. question “What is love?” After One philosopher suggests

Allison Edwards Printz Reporter

The Kinsey Reports (studies on the sexual behavior of men and women in the 1950s that helped to reduce the negative social stigma associated with sex) are responsible for contributing to the oversexualization in the media we see today. Miley Cyrus, as she is mentioned in the lecture’s title, is infamous for her hammer-licking and naked-wrecking-ball antics. McElroy suggests that people like Cyrus trivialize the human body, physical attraction and the meaningfulness associated with sex for young people. In regards to Facebook and social media, McElroy proposes that a feeling of isolation and a desire to belong are factors that encourage people to pursue a

relationship. Maintaining an online community of friends, however, fulfills our desire for acceptance by others so that relationships become obsolete. “When you like a page on Facebook, you get to see who else likes it. So suddenly you are the group of people who liked that page or liked that comment or liked that photo. You have a constant sense of belonging,” McElroy said. Although the lecture focused on philosophers that held views reaffirming the observable fall of love in the modern day, McElroy never hesitated to remind her audience that this could be a good thing or a bad thing. Is independence healthier than dependence? The choice is

up to us. Junior Aron George also attended the lecture. I asked him if he thought love and relationships were waning in today’s society. “It is hard to say that the idea of love is dying while attending college. Maybe romantic love as an approach to relationships is slowly being replaced with pragmatism, but that’s a tough call,” he said. The next Philosophical Friday will be March 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Trent Lott Center. The session is called “Faith is the Age of Science: A Debate.” Speakers include Florida State University professor Michael Ruse and Georgetown University professor John Haught.


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Professor recounts tornado disaster Ardan Thornhill Printz Reporter

“The next thing I knew, I was on the ground with stuff all over me. When I got up, there was no walls, no ceiling, no house,” Willie Pierce said as he told the story of a year ago. On Feb. 10, 2013, weather reports warned of an F-4 tornado. The incident occurred during the Mardi Gras holiday, so many students and faculty alike enjoyed time off with friends and family, as is the case of Pierce, a Southern Miss professor emeritus. “(My wife, Carol; a former doctoral student, Giles Carter and I) heard the sirens, but we were sitting around and talking,” Pierce said. “It never occurred to us how serious things could be until I peered outside and saw the large trees hula-dancing beyond where the pool house used to be.” Within seconds of that last glance, the lights went out and calamity struck. “The steel-cased French doors fell upon Carol, who suffers from multiple sclerosis; the couch had turned over on Giles, which kept him from harm,” Pierce said. The ranch-style home he resided in since the ‘80s was unrecognizable. The garage was gone, the front ends of the cars tossed into the backyard and nearly all personal belongings were lost in the tornado’s atrocity. “Everything was gone instantly,” Pierce said. “Only one segment of roof survived, despite the sheet rock being blown away. We were only able to salvage a bedroom suit.” In the ensuing months, Pierce and his wife moved into a small two-bedroom home on North 23rd Avenue, paid for by State Farm. “Our doctors said we suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder for a while,” Pierce said. “It was very difficult.” Pierce now stands inside of an empty room, well-lit and spacious. Wheelchair railings line many of the walls and hallways. After months of filing insurance claims, Pierce looks forward to moving into a brand new residence

constructed on the same plot as the one which was lost. After completing a home inspection within the next two weeks, the Pierces will move back to the spot they had resided for so long. “We never expected to build a home in our lifetimes, but it looks like we had no other choice. We skimmed (various) home plans before deciding on a one-story that worked for us,” Pierce said as he toured his newly built home. The new home offers plentiful lighting, coastalthemed colors and even personal offices for the Pierces. The most notable aspect of the new home is its accommodations to his wife’s condition, which often leaves her wheelchair-bound. “We chose as flat a home as we could and added railing to the plans for mobility purposes,” Pierce said. “I think we will be much happier here, despite our losses.” While Pierce recounted his losses, he reiterates the most valuable possession he has is the community of Hattiesburg. “Neighbors, churches, the university - everyone has been great to us,” Pierce said. “Dr. Susan Hrostowski of the social work department organized aid to clean the rental home before we moved

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Willie and Carol Pierce hold a picture of their damaged house from the tornado’s path of destruction last year. They now stand in front of their new home that is almost finished a year after the tornado.

in. Father Tommy, formerly St. Thomas on campus, helped us move. Nearly every church in town responded by providing meals.” Carol Pierce, a former

educator herself, also recounts the warmth and support received through those she has known throughout her life. “I had a Vietnamese student

Michael and Shannon Pierce salvage valuables from their parent’s bedroom after the tornado Feb. 10, 2013.

I had not spoken to in years who sent a check for $200 after hearing what happened,” she said. “The support has been everything.”

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Kappa Delta hosts annual Shamrock Super Bowl Kristie Lowery Printz Reporter

On Saturday Feb. 8, Kappa Delta and other sororities and fraternities competed in the second annual Shamrock Super Bowl to benefit charity. According to Kappa Delta President Erin McLeod, the event consisted of many fun and entertaining events, including a flag football tournament that involved all members of Greek Life. Other events throughout the day included a hamburger sale, a bake sale and a cookie eating contest. The super bowl event was sponsored by many businesses. During the hamburger sale, Topher’s provided hamburgers, chips and drinks and Girl Scouts of America provided the snacks for the bake sale. All proceeds from the event were donated to Prevent Child Abuse America. Twenty percent of the proceeds donated were given to the national foundation, and 80

percent of the money was given to the local chapter, Mississippi Children’s Justice Center. The annual Shamrock Super Bowl began in 2013 as an attempt to reach out to other sororities and fraternities and get them more involved with each other. “We wanted a Greek event that the chapters wouldn’t have to prepare for and would be stress free,” said Anna Claire Burns, the former vice president of community service for KD. Kappa Delta also holds a 5K run in the fall during which members from the community can participate. The purpose of the Super Bowl event is to raise awareness of child abuse, as well as raising money for the charitable organization and having fun. Another reason for the start of the event was to support the philanthropies of other sororities and fraternities. Delta Gamma won the overall Shamrock Super Bowl. But, during the flag football competition, Chi Omega won first place while

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Sigma Phi Epsilon get ready to hike the ball during the flag football tournament.

football winners included Pi Kappa Phi in first place, Pi Kappa Alpha in second place

Delta Delta Delta took second place and Delta Gamma took third place. Fraternity flag


and Alpha Tau Omega in third place. Pi Beta Phi won the cookie-eating contest.


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Hermione’s love life in questions Destiny Reynolds Printz Reporter

For many students at The University of Southern Mississippi, the Harry Potter series is a coveted treasure from childhood. Many of us grew up reading about the adventures of the bespectacled boy-wonder and his faithful friends as they battled to defeat the darkness that threatened to take hold of the magical world, and we fondly recall the thrills, chills and even romantic subplots within the novel series. Earlier this week, fans of the series flew into an uproar as an interview between Emma Watson, the actor who portrayed Hermione in the cinematic versions of the novels, and J.K. Rowling, the author of the beloved series, was released. In the interview, Rowling said she regrets pairing Ron Weasley with Hermione Granger. Adding salt to the wound, Rowling said she feels Harry and Hermione would have made a more realistic couple. She claims that she paired Ron and Hermione together for personal reasons, primarily as a way of clinging to the plot as (she) first imagined it. According to Rowling, there is too much basic incompatibility between Ron and Hermione for the two to adequately engage in a romantic partnership, at least without marriage counseling. Overall there has been a mixed message concerning this response. Across campus, many fans are upset by the news, such as freshman Chelsea Kennedy. “After reading the books and seeing Ron and Hermione get together now that she’s saying they shouldn’t be together, it feels different, weird, kind of wrong in a way,” Kennedy said. Others are relatively neutral about the release, respecting Rowling’s statement regardless

of their own personal opinions. To this point, junior Andrew Dutton said, “J.K. Rowling is the only one that can say, ‘okay, this is what happened,’ because it’s her story. So if she feels regret about it, it’s perfectly within her right.” Then there are those that agree with Rowling’s statements. “I feel like Hermione is way too smart for Ron,” said freshman Gabrielle Chamoun. “They realistically probably wouldn’t have been a good pairing.” Personally, I believe that Hermione and Ron complete each other. They certainly have their differences, and yes, this may be a source of trouble, but the same is true for most realistic couples. As they say, opposites attract. The pairing of Hermione with

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Ron, and subsequently Harry with Ginny, cements the concept of the golden trio - that is, the deep, life-long friendship of Harry, Hermione and Ron - in such a way that they are now family and thus cannot simply grow apart as friends are wont to do. Other students have opinions on why Hermione and Ron work and Harry and Hermione would not. “(Ron and Hermione) really disliked each other in the beginning, and over time they fell in love,” Dutton said. “Harry and Hermione never had that kind of romantic development.” Despite her opinion that Harry is a better match for Hermione, Chamoun also admitted there was at least some validity in the pairing of Ron and Hermione.

“(Rowling) didn’t leave herself much of a choice,” Chamoun said. “If Hermione and Harry got together, that would leave Ron with who? Ginny? Incest isn’t cool. There are no romantic interests for him. Also, Ron literally loses everything else, so she can’t just leave him.” Despite how we fans may feel about such a time-tested relationship being doubted or thrown under the bus, J.K. Rowling is the author of the beloved novel series, and thus the only

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one with the credentials to properly tell the story. In the end, we should all just be thankful to have had the opportunity to grow up beside such motivational and inspirational characters. This issue should not be one that divides the fandom along a jagged faultline, but rather one that allows us to grow as a group and provides us an opportunity to revel in happy childhood memories. For the full interview, visit


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Lady Eagles beat Charlotte, 72-52 Joshua Campbell Sports Editor

Two Lady Eagles posted double-doubles as Southern Miss women’s basketball team defeated Charlotte 72-52 Saturday night on the road. Kierra Jordan led the way with 15 points and 10 rebounds while senior Jamierra Faulkner scored 14 points, dished out 13 assists and had six steals. Jerontay Clemons added 12 points while Tamara Jones just

missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds after coming off the bench. The game started slowly with both teams struggling to put up points. Southern Miss (17-5, 6-3) used a 13-2 run to take a 26-16 lead after trailing by one. After the big run, both teams played evenly with USM taking a 38-30 lead into halftime. Charlotte (10-11, 4-4) sparked a bit of a comeback out of halftime to cut the lead to 51-48 with just under ten minutes to play. The Lady

Eagles then countered with a 14-2 run led by Faulkner’s play-making abilities to extend their lead to 65-50 with 4:19 remaining. “Jamierra Faulkner made some unbelievable plays as the clock was winding down,” said Southern Miss head coach Joye Lee-McNelis. “When Charlotte closed it to two, I thought she took control and orchestrated our team the best since she has been here.” Charlotte did not have another comeback in them as they only managed to score

two more points the rest of the game. Kira Gordon led Charlotte with 12 points and 13 rebounds while Ny Hammonds added ten points. Southern Miss was much more efficient from the floor, shooting 44 percent to Charlotte’s 34 percent. However, the 49ers out muscled their way to win the rebounding battle, 46-40. Quick hands for USM allowed them to tally up 18 steals against Charlotte. The Lady Eagles were able to score

26 points off of Charlotte’s turnovers. “It was basket after basket and that was created by our defense,” Lee-McNelis said. “Our defense was the reason why we were able to get a win tonight. We were able to get some rebounds and get out on the run.” The Lady Eagles will continue their Conference USA schedule Wednesday, Feb. 12 when they host Marshall (814, 1-8). Tip-off is for 7 p.m.


Watson’s clutch shot downs Marshall Joshua Campbell Sports Editor

Southern Miss struggled mightily, but was able to defeat Marshall 60-57 Friday night at Reed-Green Coliseum. Aaron Brown led all scorers for USM with 13 while Michael Craig scored 12 points with seven rebounds and four assists. Neil Watson and Jerrold Brooks each chipped in ten points. What really hurt USM was their bench play which is usually a strength for the Golden Eagles. Their bench combined for just 11 points on the night despite playing a total of 47 minutes. Ryan Taylor led all Marshall players with 17 points and totaled nine rebounds. Chris Thomas added 10 points and six rebounds. Another strength of Southern Miss’ that was nonexistent was their rebounding. The Golden Eagles were outrebounded 31-23 on the night. USM had just four offensive rebounds which a facet they thrive on. Southern Miss was able to out shoot the Thundering Herd, but Marshall had 13 more attempts from the field than USM due to the lack of offensive rebounding. Southern Miss shot 53 percent from the field while Marshall shot 45 percent from the field. The biggest play of the game happened when Southern Miss head coach called a time out with 6.1 seconds left in the game with his squad down 57-55. It was a good thing he called the time out

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Senior guard Jerrold Brooks was embraced by a proud student section after Friday’s game against Marshall. The Golden Eagles defeated Marshall 60-57.

when he did because Brooks threw up a desperation threepoint attempt that he airballed, but luckily the time out occurred before he got the shot off. “Coach kind of just said, coming out of that time out, you’re about to get the ball,” Watson said. “I’m gonna have Mike (Craig) set you a screen to the outside. Go over it and, if (the defender) goes under it, shoot the three.” Tyndall drew up the perfect play as Watson came off a screen set by Craig, with the defender attempting to go under the screen, and drilled a three-pointer to give USM the lead.

“I told Neil coming out of the time out, I said, ‘Look, if they don’t get to you, jump up and stick it in the rim. If they give you some room, just knock it in,’” Tyndall said. “He’s a confident kid. He nodded and said ‘I got you’ and, to his credit, he made the play.” Southern Miss closed the game with two free throws to give them the hard fought win. Had they lost, it could’ve spelled doom for their hopes of reaching the NCAA tournament in March. However, there’s a reason why Tyndall received a contract extension earlier this year. It’s not only because he has proven he knows how

to build a quality program, but make clutch decisions in crucial situations and he trusts his players to make the play when called upon. “Guys like Neil and Jerrold (Brooks) and Mike (Craig), they’ve played in games like this so they don’t shy away from

wanting the ball. They don’t hide from it,” Tyndall said. If Southern Miss wants to keep itself in the national discussion, they will have to play gutsy just like they did Friday night.


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Victory gives USM best start to season since 1960 James Johnson Printz Reporter

Jerrold Brooks scored 19 points to lead Southern Miss to its seventh straight win with an 81-64 victory over Charlotte Sunday afternoon at Reed-Green Coliseum. With the victory, Southern Miss improves to 21-3 and 8-1 in Conference USA play. This marks the best start the Golden Eagles have had since the 1960 season in which the Golden Eagles started 22-2. At first, it looked like the comeback win against Marshall took a toll on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles as they had another slow start against the Charlotte 49ers. Southern Miss opened the game missing two shots and turned the ball over three times in its first five possessions as Charlotte grabbed a 9-2 lead in the first 3:32. However, the Golden Eagles turned up the defensive pressure by pressing the ball handlers, forcing players who are not as comfortable with dribbling to handle the

ball. This led to two straight turnovers that Southern Miss would turn into points, on their way to a 13-0 run over the next four minutes. Jeremiah Eason scored at the 10:18 mark in the first half, sparking a 21-8 run. Southern Miss and Charlotte would trade baskets and Shawn Lester hit two-ofthree from the line to cut the lead to 25-18 with 7:20 to play in the half. But a jumper by Craig sent Southern Miss on a 12-0 run, capped off by a Watson three-pointer as the Golden Eagles went into halftime with a 41-22. Neil Watson had six assists before injuring his ankle and getting carried off the court on the final play of the first half. “It’s just a little sprain,” Watson said. “Nothing that’s going to hold me back for too long, but we got the win so I’m happy with a (sprained) ankle and a win.” With Watson on the bench for the second half, the Golden Eagles struggled. They were trying to move too fast without their starting point guard on the court to

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Senior guard Jerrold Brooks takes a shot against the Charlotte 49ers Sunday at Reed-Green Coliseum.

control the game and run the offense, which led to turnovers on each of their

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first three possessions. Michael Craig put the first points on the board for the Golden Eagles with a smooth jump hook followed by Brooks hitting a 3-pointer to stretch the lead to 50-30 with 14:36 to play. It appeared the game might get away as Charlotte went on an 11-2 run to cut the deficit to 10 points with 3:33 to play. Then, 49ers head coach Alan Major was called for two technical fouls and ejected from the game with just under three minutes left to help the Golden Eagles settle down. Brooks hit all four free throws, as Southern Miss scored nine straight to seal the victory. Michael Craig had 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds while Aaron Brown pitched in 13 points and five boards. Matt Bingaya and Deonte Houston added careerhighs of seven rebounds and seven assists each. The Golden Eagles shot 50 percent (25-of-50) from the floor, including 5-of-13 (38 percent) from three. Charlotte was held to just 41 percent (23-of-55) from the field and 34 percent (9-of-26) from three. Southern Miss also won

the rebounding battle, 37-25. “The biggest key was our rebounding,” said Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall. “For us to win the rebounding battle by 12 (3725) was critical. We were able to wear them down in the first half, causing some turnovers which enabled us to play in the open floor. We were very efficient offensively. That was a good outing, a good bounceback game heading into this road trip.” The win keeps Southern Miss (21-3, 8-1) tied with UTEP atop the conference standings, and snaps a 12game losing streak against Charlotte (14-9, 5-5). Shawn Lester scored 20 points and had five rebounds to lead all scorers. Pierria Henry scored 11 points and Willie Clayton added 10 points and five rebounds for the 49ers. Southern Miss begins a twogame road trip this Thursday, Feb. 13, when they travel to Birmingham, Ala., to face UAB. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT.

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