The Tigers used an aggressive defense and efficient offense to beat USM. For the game, JSU shot 52.6 percent from the field, 44 percent from three-point range and 70 percent from the free throw line.
USM shot 40.8 percent from the field, 25 percent on three-point attempts and 64 percent from the foul line.
The difference in the game for the Tigers was scoring off the bench. The Tigers bench scored 43 points and USM’s bench scored 26 points.
Three other Tigers followed Brent’s double-digit scoring total. Brent scored his 22 points on an efficient 8-11 from the field and went 6-8 from three-point range. Chace Franklin followed with 17 points on 6-11 shooting from the field, including going 3-4 in threes. He also pulled down five rebounds and dished out four assists.
Paris Collins came off the bench to score 15 points on 5-9 shooting from the field. He also had four rebounds and four assists. Raeford Worsham rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Tigers with a 13 point, eight rebound and three assist effort. He went 6-10 from the floor.
JSU jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and never trailed for the remainder of the game. With the win JSU improves to a 1-1 record and Southern Miss falls to 0-2. The Tigers led 42-26 at halftime.
The Golden Eagles opened the second half with a 5-0 run to cut JSU’s lead to 11 points, but would pull no closer.