Cortez Edwards earns All-Conference USA Tournament recognition
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss junior guard Cortez Edwards' dazzling display in the Golden Eagles' C-USA semifinal run allowed him to receive All-Tournament accolades, as announced by the league.
Edwards averaged 27.3 ppg, shooting 55 percent from the field, and went 17-for-20 at the foul line. He went 10-for-16 with 29 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Golden Eagles edged FIU, 69-68, in the opener. The next night, he played 37 minutes and scored another 23 points to lead the squad to a 71-68 overtime win over two-time defending champion and No. 1-seed Middle Tennessee.
The Kissimmee, Fla., native left it all on the floor in the semifinal against Marshall, registering the first 30-point performance by a Golden Eagle since Kourtlin Jackson at Marshall in the 2016 finale. He accomplished it on 12-for-19 field goal shooting and a 6-for-8 mark at the foul line.
Edwards also scored 21 points in the team's regular season-ending win over Louisiana Tech, making him the first Golden Eagle to register four consecutive 20-point games since Chip Armelin in Feb. 2015. Edwards ends this season as Southern Miss' leading scorer (16.6 ppg) and shooter (49.8 percent), and his 566 overall points are the most in program history since Gary Flowers in the 2010-11 campaign. Edwards' 71 steals are also the most in single-season history.
Southern Miss finished 16-18 and 7-11 in the league, allowing it to improve its C-USA win total in each of Doc Sadler's four years on staff.
Cortez Edwards, Southern Miss
Darius Thompson, WKU
Justin Johnson, WKU
Ajdin Penava, Marshall
Jon Elmore, Marshall (MVP)