Southern Miss couldn’t muster a decisive rally Thursday night.
Despite trading leads with Old Dominion, the Golden Eagles fell behind in the second half and never regained its advantage in the 54-50 loss.
The defeat snapped a two-game winning streak for USM (5-11).
Cortez Edwards led USM with 13 points. He also pulled in six rebounds, second on the team to Quinton Campbell’s eight.
B.J. Stith led the Monarchs (11-6) with 14 points. Ahmad Caver and Zoran Talley both scored 12.
Southern Miss continues its road trip Saturday with a 6 p.m. start at Charlotte.