Eventually, Dwayne Davis started hitting 3-pointers from the corners and the Herd had to adjust again.
"We never started a game in it, but we started knowing we couldn't match them man-to-man," said MU coach Tom Herrion. "We were too big. The lineup forced us to start in the zone, and it was very effective. I thought it caught them a little off guard."
Believe it, the Herd has shot a higher percentage than its opponent four times in the last five games. Tuesday, MU sank 24 of 31 (77.4 percent) to the Eagles' 17 of 30 (56.7 percent).
Before the current streak, the Herd outshot C-USA foes just once and everybody else six times. And the team is crawling up the NCAA chart, rising from 345th and last to ... well, 344th after Sunday's action. But the new 59.2 percent mark could sneak MU up to about 340th, where Texas Christian resides.
The Herd is not getting out of the C-USA basement in the category. It would have to hit 98 in a row to reach the 64.2 percent held by No. 11 Central Florida.
A strange trip ended Wednesday for Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall. Maybe.
A Marshall fan tweeted that he saw the Southern Miss bus make a pit stop to B&E Menswear in Huntington to get the coach an emergency pair of slacks. Seems he ripped an inseam along the way.
Then Tyndall witnessed his team lose to a Marshall team the Eagles had mauled by 56 in January - a development that apparently distressed him so much he passed on the postgame press conference.
And finally, Hattiesburg American reporter Tim Doherty tweeted that the team was "snowed in" Wednesday morning, probably by a flight cancellation.
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