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New tradition lights student spirit JULIUS KIZZEE

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More than 250 people gathered at the front of campus on Wednesday night to celebrate a tradition The University of Southern Mississippi has not had for long but is dedicated to hosting in recent years. “Together, the Southern Miss community and the Hattiesburg community light the Christmas tree, ring in the holiday season but they also give back to a really cool organization,” said Student Government Association President Caroline Bradley. According to the SGA website, Lighting the Way is “Southern Miss’ youngest official tradition” and brings out the Southern Miss community to celebrate the holiday spirit and give back to the community. This year, SGA’s initiative was to give back to Edwards Street ministries, starting with its efforts during homecoming week from Oct. 23 - 29. SGA continued these efforts by organizing a canned food drive at Lighting the Way and inviting children from Aldersgate Mission School to perform Christmas carols. The Aldersgate Mission kids, the Southern Belletones and Spirit of Southern performed musical numbers for the crowd. “I loved how we had had all of our music groups come up and sing Christmas carols,” said volunteer freshman associate Kylie Hungerford. “Just having the community get involved was really cool. I didn’t expect that.”

During the sub-50-degree weather, community members were able to indulge in chili, cookies and hot chocolate while being entertained by the music groups. Bradley said the event was to commemorate service to the community while celebrating the holiday spirit. “It’s about to giving back to the Hattiesburg community,” Bradley said. “[We] raised money, they did a canned food drive. So they’re giving back to the community while also inviting the community to the Hattiesburg campus.” Santa posed with children of the community for pictures, along with any students on campus that wanted to sit on the North Pole resident’s lap. Pictures were taken and laughs were shared. But again, the spirit of giving is what Bradley had on her mind the entire night while sharing a few of those laughs. “Southern Miss centers around trying to give back to the students,” Bradley said. “It’s always really cool to see students give back to the Hattiesburg community that is constantly giving to Southern Miss. It’s cool to see the Southern Miss spirit come full circle.” That full circle of giving went all the way up to the North Pole, where Santa Claus says should not be forgotten — even in a spiritual way. “[Santa] recognizes that Christmas is a very symbolic occasion for Christians,” Claus said. “Tonight we have a group of folks that enjoy the Christmas season, the goodwill and there’s lots of different folks from different

Kenyatta Ross | Printz backgrounds and I hope that they all remember the Christmas season is not about Santa Claus — but it’s about something else.” SGA will plan more holiday

festivities, as students prepare to get closer to heading back home for the break and get into the holiday spirit. “We’re planning a big Christmas thing for finals week,” Hungerford

said. “We’re going to be spreading more spirit just to get people more relaxed about finals. This is a good way to start it off.”

Wesley Foudation offers students comfort, service JULIUS KIZZEE

sports editor

Many students may not know that the USM Wesley Foundation, located right between the Liberal Arts Building and Fraternity Row, is a place of worship and free lunch during a time of stress. “We’re in this awkward part of campus where no one notices,” said Kelsey Farr, Wesley’s public relations leader. “I try to get people to come because we have really great people. They’re truly like family – as cheesy as

that sounds.” The Wesley Foundation is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any student who would like to go in and take a nap, work on homework or even get a daily scripture. Farr, who has been going to the Wesley for four years, feels like the Foundation is a place where she can go for her spiritual needs and otherwise. “Even though I was kind of unsure at first, it was super easy and quick to feel comfortable,” Farr said. “I went from being the awkward, introverted girl to now being one of the leaders for the teams that we have.”

During the week, the Wesley Foundation hosts worship on Tuesday nights starting at 8 p.m. and lunch on Thursday afternoons starting at 12 p.m. The worship specifically, regularly invites between 30 and 40 people who come to listen to a guest pastor or whomever has a message to share. Farr has been at most of the worship sessions this semester and sees it as a place of comfort. “A good part of it is just music,” Farr said. “We give a very relaxed atmosphere. That’s how everyone describes us.” A Methodist-centric atmosphere may

be intimidating to some, but the Wesley Foundation does not want to force the gospel on students, according to Farr. “That’s what we try not to be,” Farr said. “I understand that’s what some people do, but that’s not who we are. Whenever we ask people if they’ve heard of the Wesley, they’re like, ‘Oh, y’all are the chill ones.’ I don’t want people to feel like we’ll throw Bibles at them or shove Jesus down their throat. We’re really more about love and service. That sounds pretty hippy, but we’re happy with it.” Farr said the Wesley Foundation is dedicated to service and loyal to others

in the community. “If someone has an idea, we just go with it,” Farr said. “Just go with the flow and it usually works. It somehow works. If you’re passionate about something, it’ll work.” The Wesley Foundation has been on campus for a while now, and they do not have have any plans of leaving or making anyone feel uncomfortable with their faith. “We want people to feel comfortable,” Farr said. “We don’t want to push anything down their throat.”


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Club to celebrate 75th year of service

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JULIUS KIZZEE

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The Hattiesburg USO Club will celebrate its 75-year service to the community in March of next year, with events around the African American Military History Museum

(AAMHM) from March 22 - 25, 2017. The club opened in 1942 as a recreational hall for black soldiers in World War II and eventually became what is now the AAMHM. According to the brochure, “This [USO Club] building is the only remaining USO constructed

especially for African American soldiers in public use in the United States. It is now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and is a Mississippi Landmark.” The USO Club will host a day of appreciation on March 22 for those who initially opened the building in 1942, and volunteers will go into

the community on the subsequent Thursday, March 23. On March 24, the first Miss USO Pageant will take place at the museum, followed by a 1940s-themed car show. The pageant is something that is specifically beneficial to the participants and the community as a whole according

to Education Coordinator for the African American Military Museum Shuntashia Coleman. “The Miss USO pageant allows participants to do service projects and mix and mingle, as well as build confidence,” Coleman said. “The car show will be for 1940s cars that may have been parked at the USO in the 1940s. Bands will be performing that day and everyone will be 1940s attire. It will be a trip to the past for all in attendance.” The museum is located at 305 East 6th Street in the historic downtown area of Hattiesburg. Admission is free, although donations are accepted and welcomed, and anyone may enjoy the museum at their own expense. The museum is also open Wednesday through Friday from 10-4 p.m and also Saturday 12-4 p.m. The next event for the museum will be held on Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. with the museum hosting a Holiday Open House, immediately following the Vietnam War Commemoration Program. For all inquiries and questions about the events in the month or before, contact Shuntasia Coleman at scoleman@hattiesburg. org or visa the AAMHM’s website at www.hattiesburguso.com

DuPree to dedicate Dec. 4 Jesse Leroy Brown Day PRESS RELEASE

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Mayor Johnny DuPree will officially declare December 4 as Jesse Leroy Brown day in Hattiesburg during a ceremony this Friday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. at the African American Military History Museum (AAMHM). Brown, a native of Hattiesburg, was the first African-American aviator in the United States navy. While fighting in the Korean War on Dec. 4, 1950, his plane was hit by enemy fire and crashed. Brown could not be rescued despite the efforts of his squadron and was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service. Brown has been honored on numerous occasions, including this most recent proclamation dedicating Dec. 4 to him. “Jesse Leroy Brown embodies all the qualities of a true American hero,” DuPree said. “It is my honor and privilege to dedicate this day to him in Hattiesburg. His legacy will live on, and many future generations will know of his service to our country and the sacrifices he made.” Pamela Knight, Brown’s daughter said she was grateful for this tribute. “I am overwhelmed and imbued with a sense of awe whenever my father is honored,” Knight said. “The

fact that his hometown is honoring him with a day increases my pride a thousand fold.” Brown was also featured in a 2008 documentary created by students at the University of Central Florida, now in the Library of Congress’ collection. Additionally, the AAMHM holds an exhibit in honor of Brown, featuring his likeness in military aviator attire on an aircraft carrier runway. LaToya Norman, general manager of the AAMHM, said she was excited about this declaration and what it could do for Brown’s legacy. “Honoring Jesse Brown in this way lets us tell many more people about his contributions to this country and how he broke down racial barriers to fulfill his dreams,” Norman said. The public is invited to attend this official ceremony and dedication. About the African American Military History Museum: The African American Military History Museum’s regular hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. WednesdayFriday, and from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday with special appointments available. The USO Club opened on March 22, 1942 and was constructed by community volunteers who invested more than 40,000 hours in the project. It is currently the only surviving restored USO built exclusively for African American soldiers and in 2003 was placed on

Courtesy Photo of Jesse Leroy Brown the National Register of Historic Places. More than 150 years of African American military history is on display in the Museum. The African American Military History Museum is a Hattiesburg Convention Commission Facility. Since 1991, the Hattiesburg Convention Commission has been developing, operating and promoting tourism-related facilities for the Hattiesburg area. For more information, call 601.450.1942.


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NEWS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016

Local nonprofit serves holiday helpings

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LUKE SMITH

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Along with cool weather, the holidays can bring tough times to low-income families and individuals across the nation. Poverty has long been an issue in Mississippi, and Hattiesburg currently experiences much higher poverty than the state as a whole. For 2010 - 2014, the median household income in Hattiesburg was $27,827, according to the

United States Census Bureau. This is $11,000 less than the median household income of the state and $8,000 less than the Forrest County average. In Hattiesburg, 37.2 percent of people live in poverty compared to 22 percent at the state level and 26 percent in Forrest County. The national average for persons living below the poverty line is 13.5 percent. The poverty threshold for an individual was about $12,000 in 2014 and $24,000 for a family of four. With over one-third of Hattiesburg

living in poverty, many are reaching out for assistance to make it through the holiday season. Christian Services, a local nonprofit, has served low-income families in the Hattiesburg area for more than three decades. Christian Services provides a wide variety of assistance, from serving hot meals daily to providing free budget and legal counseling. Last year, Christian Services served more than 185,000 meals, some through its soup kitchen and many delivered to senior

citizens unable to leave their homes. The holidays are some of the busiest times for Christian Services, but its workers and volunteers are eager to help. Christian Services Community Relations Director Vanessa Henson said that as the holidays are approaching, she wants people struggling with finances to know that there is help. Last year, Christian Services served nearly 2,000 free meals for Thanksgiving and another 900 for Christmas. Henson said she hopes to exceed those numbers this year and hopes that Christian Services will be able to impact people in more ways than with free food. “We look to offer help beyond what you need right now,” Henson said. “Yeah, we’ll give you food, but we want to give you help that will last longer than food.” For this, Christian Services relies on help from volunteers and other charitable organizations. The Salvation Army, for example, frequently works with Christian Services to help provide assistance to those in need. Frances Nixon is the coordinator of the social work program with the Salvation Army in Hattiesburg, where she has been for more than ten years. The Salvation Army provides many of the same services as Christian Services, including food, utility, clothing and medication assistance. Much of Nixon’s work is focused on homeless clients that seek refuge in the Hattiesburg Center of

Hope shelter, which offers over forty beds every night to those in need of an emergency shelter. The Salvation Army also operates a boys and girls after-school program. “I’m not going to stop until I know that their needs are met,” Nixon said. “I’ve been on that side of the desk before as a single parent, so I can empathize with what they’re facing.” The more donations and volunteers these organizations receive, the greater the impact they can have on Hattiesburg’s impoverished. “We try to do the most good,” Nixon said. “When money is donated here, it is put to good use. It is not wasted. We are good stewards of what is donated to us.” Henson said she realizes the importance of receiving assistance from the Hattiesburg community and hopes that more people will become aware and involved with their efforts. “I think Christian Services is at a pivotal time where a lot of the support we’ve had has come from people who’ve grown up with Christian Services over the last 30 years, so our generation is not in that number,” Henson said. “I would love to see a surge of people our age and younger become aware of who we are and become long-term supporters.” With more than 37 percent of Hattiesburg struggling with poverty, now is the perfect time to volunteer or donate. Getting involved this holiday season is just one phone call away.

International student orients Nepali newcomers LUKE SMITH

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In many ways, Aaditya Kharel is a typical 19-year-old college student. He is an intelligent, unassuming guy who loves to learn. When he is not studying or working, Kharel likes to hang out with friends, sing and play guitar. He is in his sophomore year of studying computer engineering technology, but Kharel, like many college students, is uncertain of what he wants to do after graduation. Kharel’s story is different than most students’ at The University of Southern Mississippi. Last year, he left his home and traveled thousands of miles from everything he had ever

known to study at Southern Miss. Kharel grew up in the capital city of Kathmandu, Nepal, where his parents operated their remittance business. Kharel was the youngest of four children, and he remembers his childhood as a care-free, happy time filled with school, fun and friends. Kharel still talks to his family every chance he gets. “I had never been away from my home until last year, and it was kind of hard for me to get settled,” Kharel said. “I had difficulty adjusting to the place and getting happy with where I am. I used to miss my home a lot in the first few months, and that was a struggle. It took me maybe almost a semester to get away from

that homesickness.” Kharel’s experience is like that of many international students who seek opportunity at Southern Miss. Currently, there are more than 500 international students studying as undergraduates at Southern Miss, and an increasingly large portion of these students have been coming from Nepal. Pradip Bastola is a 31-year-old graduate student who has been at Southern Miss for more than four years. When Bastola first arrived, there was not one undergraduate from Nepal whom he knew of. Now, four years later, he said he knows of up to 100 Nepalese undergraduates at Southern Miss. This is no coincidence. Bastola has been helping many Nepaleses students, including Kharel, get established in the U.S. so they can attend Southern Miss. “I help them in different ways,” Bastola said. “They contacted me for housing and booking the apartments. I think I booked apartments for 80 or 90 percent of the students. Because I am one of the senior-most graduate students, everyone trusts me, so they contact me from Facebook or email from Nepal.”

Kharel remembers the kindness Bastola showed him upon arrival, and he now tries to do the same for new Nepalese students. “We are always grateful for what he did for us,” Kharel said. “Remembering that, I always want to help the newcomers. I don’t own a vehicle, but Pradip always gives access to his car. Using his car, I have helped a lot of people get to Walmart to get their shopping done.” Kharel has even begun working part-time at the International Center to further help international students. “Feels like I am working at my home,” Kharel said. “The International Center was already my home as soon as I came here. I was picked up by one of the staff there, and so it was already a second home for me.” Nishchal Sapkota, 19, is a freshman computer science major that arrived from Nepal in July and has been receiving guidance from Kharel and Bastola. “They have been helping with every stuff,” Sapkota said. “We got to Hattiesburg with an empty apartment. [Kharel and Bastola] guided us and helped us through this initial phase. If they were not here, I do not know what we would have been. Maybe

depressed in a corner and maybe asked to go back to my country.” Kharel said he is happy that he is able to help new students that are facing the same problems he struggled with. “Being an international student, I know what kinds of problems they are facing in the initial phase,” Kharel said. “International students are always wanting the American experience and make American friends, getting along with friends and the culture. It was a really pleasant experience to see them here on campus and see them enjoying the campus.” As for the future, Kharel hopes to get his doctorate degree before deciding on his next step. “I do want to go back to my country, but I got my education here,” Kharel said. “I would definitely look forward to the opportunity to work here in the U.S., maybe to develop myself and meet my personal goals. I think if I were to study here and then work here, I would have more opportunity to learn more and excel, but that definitely does not mean I don’t want to go home to my country and work.”


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FEATURE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016

Lighting the Way gallery JULIUS KIZZEE

sports editor

Southern Miss’ newest tradition ‘Lights the Way’ for holiday spirit and community service. Students gathered to join in holiday festivities and collect canned food for Edward Street Ministries. SGA invited Alderson Mission School to perform at the ceremony. The Aubrey K. Lucas Administration building sits in the background of the Christmas tree at the “Lighting the Way” ceremony on Nov. 30.

Southern Belletones sing Christmas carols during the “Lighting the Way” ceremony on Nov. 30.

Spirit of Southern performs at “Lighting the Way” on Nov. 30.

Santa Claus greets children from Alderson Mission School before the “Lighting the Way” event began on Nov. 30, 2016.

Ornaments hang from the Christmas tree decorated for “Lighting the Way” on Nov. 30.


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ENTERTAINMENT THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016 HIBA TAHIR

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She’s sassier than Joanne the Scammer at a fake friend brunch. Emily never sacrifices her signature sass, even when she’s fed up with her daughter’s antics. Especially when she’s fed up with her daughter’s antics. Lorelai’s quick comebacks and quips had to come from somewhere, after all.

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She’s so refined, the word “refined” doesn’t cover it. Emily’s table manners leave absolutely nothing to be desired. And yet, there are times when even she must sacrifice etiquette to make a point (with her full reserve of sass, of course): “Well, then buy me a boa and drive me to Reno because I am open for business,” she famously tells a bewildered Richard when he tells her, “Only prostitutes have two glasses of wine at lunch.”

The moment so many have pined after and prayed for has finally come – and so very quickly passed. “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” an amalgamation of everyone’s favorite Stars Hollow storylines and 2000s nostalgia paired with uncomfortably contemporary pop-culture references (I never want to think about a world in which Kirk even remotely understands the function of Uber) debuted Nov. 25 on Netflix, but it had crazed fans salivating for many, many months prior to its release. Was I one of them? Not quite. Thanks to Facebook’s “memories” feature, I can remember precisely the moment I learned that Netflix would revive “Gilmore Girls.” I can remember my immediate reaction, too. Was I excited for the nostalgic return? Wistful for a time better left untouched? Afraid that plans would somehow fall through? No, no and no. I regret to admit that I never actually saw “Gilmore Girls” during its original 2000-2007 run. I didn’t watch it until the summer before my sophomore year – just about a year and a half ago, or right around the time it was announced the producers were working on a revival. In fact, I finished the final season roughly two days before news of the revival broke. I had just made my peace with the end and accepted what I thought to be the inevitable conclusion. I had had a mini funeral in the dark recesses of my mind, resigned myself to sadness and moved on just before I was yanked back into Stars Hollow with a legion of fans who had had their distance and were eager to return. So yes, I was happy to know there was more – but I wasn’t quite excited. I felt, for not the first time in my life, like an Emily in a world of Lorelais. In honor of the recent release, I want to take a closer look at this feeling and provide you with just a few reasons why I believe the oldest Gilmore Girl is infinitely the best and you should totally emulate her for the good of all mankind (except maybe not all at the same time because she is horrifyingly ruthless and the world is unprepared.)

She’s wittingly and unwittingly hilarious. “Hold on,” she tells Lorelai on the phone. “I’m looking up ‘aneurysm’ in our medical dictionary to see if I just had one.” Iconic She’s conniving, she’s cutthroat, she’s competitive. Rory didn’t become an Ivy League wunderkind on her own - those Gilmore genes first, and probably most prevalently, arose in Emily, who has no problem using all the aforementioned qualities above to ensure that she gets ahead in life. And really - she, Lorelai and Rory all seem to be doing quite well for themselves so this is a good characteristic to have. Probably.

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‘Moana’ more than a princess story JENNIFER ROBINSON printz reporter Disney’s latest animated feature “Moana” follows the company’s recent trend in rejecting romance-centered stories. The film also separates itself from other big-budget pieces by casting a Polynesian girl as its main character. Moana has made more than $25 million as of Nov. 30. It also has an astonishing 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.3/10 on IMDB. The movie features Hawaiian actress Auli’I Cravalho as Moana and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Maui, the demigod. The movie introduces the audience to an island full of tradition, characters from Pacific islands folklore and a soundtrack that you’ll have on repeat. The animation is beautiful and makes you want to enroll in a marine biology program immediately. In the movie, Maui calls Moana a

princess, which she refutes. He then tells her, “If you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, you’re a princess.” She is so much more than that, though. Moana breaks every stereotype that Disney has set for their princesses. She doesn’t have the figure of the average Barbie doll, and she doesn’t need a man to save her. Her father tries his best to get her to maintain the traditions of their island, but she knows that she is meant to do more. The theme is similar to Disney’s “Brave.” A young girl embraces who she is and sets out to help her people without falling in love. The lack of a love interest is a refreshing break from the classic Disney romance with Prince Charming waiting around the corner. Moana has strong ties to family and her ancestors. Her father is the chief of the island and her grandmother is the self-proclaimed village crazy lady. Moana’s relationship with her family

is what keeps her on the island for so long but ultimately is why she knows she must leave. Her mother brings a twist to the beginning of the movie. While watching Moana, we get to see her gazing out at the ocean in the same way that I imagine Neil Armstrong stared into space. You can feel the magic on the screen, and you know that she is meant for more than just the island. She also knows that in order to save her people and their way of life, she must break their traditions. Moana has the classic Disney feel that draws you in and makes your chest swell at the magic you witness on the screen. The animation is colorful and comes to life. Another character that needed no voice to make an impact was the ocean itself. The ocean chose Moana to restore things to how they were supposed to be.

‘Burg-born band to record live album

Hannah Henegahn | Printz Oh Jeremiah debuts the album “The Other End of Passing Time” at the Thirsty Hippo in Hattiesburg on Aug. 28, 2016

HANNAH HENEGHAN

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On Dec. 3, former H-Burgers Oh, Jeremiah will perform a show downtown at the Thirsty Hippo. Unlike most shows, this one will be a live album recording featuring a string quartet. Within the past year, band members Jeremiah Stricklin and Erin Raber have married, moved to Athens and released a new album. “My influences range from Paul Simon to Vampire Weekend to Louis CK and Bo Burnham,” Stricklin said. “I don’t believe musicians are the only ones doing the influencing in my life. Erin loves Frank Sinatra and 50s jazz.” Lately, the Stricklin family has seen

some major life changes – they have been touring North America. “This is has been the first year where music has paid all of our bills and feels like a grown-up job,” Stricklin said. “Moving to Athens was a really tough decision but helped us get out of where we felt too comfortable. We’ve been stretched to the point of hurting, and it’s been wonderful for us. Our album is finally alive and moving around the real world. It feels good to hear everyone’s response to it.” The band released “The Other End of Passing Time,” their newest album, in August. Soon after, Oh, Jeremiah played a successful album release show at the Thirsty

Hippo. Saturday’s show may see similar success. “We’re playing with a string quartet because it was one of the first things we ever wanted to do when we started Oh, Jeremiah,” Stricklin said. “Erin was raised playing in string quartets and orchestras, and it’s her home. I’ve always wanted to play with a string quartet, even when I was in rock bands in high school.” Tickets can be purchased on the Thirsty Hippo’s website. “The Other End of Passing Time” is out now and can be purchased on iTunes or found on Spotify. It can also be found on vinyl at T-Bones Records and Cafe.

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SPORTS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016

Eagles fall to Alabama Jaguars, 78 -55 GRANT CHIGHIZOLA

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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles (3-2) lost their second game of the season against the South Alabama Jaguars (6-1) by a score of 78 - 55 Wednesday Nov. 30 at Reed Green Coliseum. In the midst of a two-game winning streak and a 3 - 1 start to the regular season, the Golden Eagles could not maintain their early-season momentum against South Alabama. “The bottom line is, we just got our butt kicked,” said Head Coach Doc Sadler. “They were better than us in every area.” Offensively, the team could not connect from three, shooting just 20 percent from the three-point line in the first half. Ten turnovers and eight South Alabama three-pointers also

contributed to the Golden Eagles 37 32 deficit at halftime. Guard Cortez Edwards led the team with 11 first half points. Sophomore forward Tim Rowe also had an efficient first half, scoring 9 points and grabbing 5 rebounds in the half. The Golden Eagles could not get any separation on the Jaguars in the second half, despite being down by only five points at halftime. The team was outscored 41-23 in the second half and shot 32 percent from the court in the half. Coach Sadler was concerned with the mental mistakes that his team made in the game, particularly turnovers. “Until it becomes a priority to us that we get it down to seven or eight turnovers a game, we’re going to struggle,” Sadler said. The Golden Eagles committed 19

turnovers during the game, compared to the 10 turnovers committed by South Alabama. Three-point shooting was another area of trouble for the team. The Golden Eagles only converted three of 14 three-point attempts during the entire contest. Three USM players had doubledigit scoring numbers in the contest. Edwards finished with 15 points. Center Tim Rowe finished the contest with 12 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Quinton Campbell also had 10 points for the night. Eddie Davis lead the team in rebounds with 10 total rebounds on the night. The Golden Eagles will return to the court in an attempt to get their fourth win of the season on Dec. 4 against Jackson State. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

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