HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Daveon Boardingham and Cedric Jenkins scored 22 points each and Southern Mississippi scored the first 12 points of the game and cruised to a 135-41 victory over Dillard on Thursday night.
The 135 points were the most ever for the Golden Eagles (11-4), surpassing the 133 they scored against Virginia Tech in 1988.The Eagles set multiple other school records, including steals (27), 3-pointers (18), largest margin of victory (94 points) and largest halftime margin (45) and also tied the record for assists (40) and turnovers (36).Neil Watson set a school record with 17 assists, also the second most ever in Conference-USA and the second best in Division I this year.The Golden Eagles have won five of their past six games. Also in double figures were Dwayne Davis with 17 points, Norville Carey with 14 points and 12 rebounds, Michael Craig with 14 points and Jonathan Mills 13.Southern Miss' home winning streak reached 20 games.Jaquan Green led Dillard (1-8) with 15 points. The Blue Devils, an NAIA team, have lost six straight.Southern Miss shot 56.7 percent from the field (51 of 90), including 50 percent on 3-pointers (18 of 36). The Golden Eagles also made 15 of 16 from the foul line.
Southern Miss had 63 points off turnovers, Dillard had none.
Southern Miss had 27 steals, the most steals in a game since 2007.
The 135 points scored are the most points scored in a game this season. Southern Miss also made 51 field goals, the most field goals made in a game this season.
Southern Miss beat NAIA school Dillard by 94 points Thursday night. According to the NCAA record book, the largest margin of victory by a Division I opponent is 117. LIU Brooklyn beat Medgar Evers 179-62 on Nov. 26, 1997. The last time there was a larger margin of victory in a game was last year, when Western Carolina beat Toccoa Falls 141-39 on Jan. 17.