IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Jasper Johnson had 19 points and 12
rebounds and Michael Ford scored seven straight points during a
second-half spurt to help Southern Mississippi pull away in a 70-53
victory over Centenary on Saturday night.
Southern Mississippi (4-2) took third place in the Hawkeye
Challenge with the victory and enabled coach Larry Eustachy to go
1-1 in his return to Iowa.
Centenary (0-5) recovered from a 15-2 deficit to make a run at
the Golden Eagles but never got closer than four points. Chad
Maclies led the Gents with 21 points.
Eustachy, in his first season with Southern Miss, coached at
Iowa State for five years before being forced out because of his
off-the-court behavior. About 30 family members and friends sat
behind the Southern Mississippi bench during the two-day
tournament, including Eustachy's former wife, Stacy, whom he
divorced over the summer.
The Golden Eagles lost to UNC-Greensboro 79-78 on Friday night.
Southern Miss couldn't shake Centenary until going on a 10-1 run
midway through the second half. Carruth started it with a 3-pointer
and Ford scored the next seven points on a runner down the right
side of the lane, a pull-up jumper and a 3-pointer, making it 55-40
with 7:57 to play.
Johnson, a 6-foot-8, 290-pound junior, also had four steals and
capped his big night by converting a three-point play off a
baseline drive with 22.5 seconds remaining.