The next time you complain about a Tim Miles’ NU team that shoots 21% from the floor, always remember…it’s better than Doc Sadler’s Southern Miss men’s basketball team. They lost 73-71 in overtime to Florida International with only four players on the floor.
According to Yahoo Sports, two of the seven players Southern Miss dressed had already fouled out in regulation when second-leading scorer Matt Bingaya also picked up his fifth foul with 45.5 seconds to go in overtime, forcing the Golden Eagles to play a man down the rest of the way. They still nearly forced double overtime anyway, but Chip Armelin’s potential game-tying jumper at the buzzer rimmed out.
Southern Miss began Thursday’s game severely shorthanded because of injuries and absences related to the NCAA’s ongoing investigation into potential recruiting violations committed under former coach Donnie Tyndall.