NASSAU, Bahamas -- It is a care-free environment all along the islands, but the 45 minutes between Southern Miss and IBA Elite on Wednesday night in Nassau could not have been more intense. IBA got a layup to fall in the final two seconds of overtime that overtook the Golden Eagles' furious fourth-quarter rally, 107-106.
"When you play, you wanna win, so I'm obviously a little disappointed," head coach Doc Sadler said. "I really thought there were some positives. We came back in regulation when we were down and got into overtime. We missed a couple of opportunities to maybe get an easy basket, but overall that's why we come down here. We've got five guys that haven't played in over a year, so I'm disappointed we didn't win but I thought there were some good things and overall I'm pretty pleased."
IBA's roster included a mixture of players as young as 18 and several professional players returning to their native countries following seasons in other countries.
Southern Miss trailed by as much as 10 with 6:53 left and four with 46 seconds in overtime before a layup by Dominic Magee. He then intercepted a pass just shy of mid-court and finished at the rim for a three-point play with eight seconds on the clock, but IBA's J.R. Cadot won it with a layup with two seconds remaining following a timeout.
LaDavius Draine, a freshman out of Calhoun City, made an immediate impact in his first collegiate action, scoring eight points in the first quarter by way of two three-pointers. He finished with 19 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Tyree Griffin (Oklahoma State transfer) also had nine points in the first six minutes en route to a 24-point, three-assist night in 39 minutes. Magee (Grand Canyon), who also sat out last season with Griffin due to NCAA transfer rules, had 23 points and got to the foul line 19 times to go with his eight rebounds.
IBA Elite made a free-throw at the 3:57 mark of the third quarter to go up 62-61, its first lead since it was 8-6. The Golden Eagles' biggest advantage was 46-30 with 5:09 left in the first half.
Southern Miss will now set its sights towards Thursday's 6 p.m. CT game against the Providence Storm.