HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Charles Gaines scored 17 points and
Clement Carter hit two free throws with 7.1 seconds left to help
Southern Mississippi survive a furious rally in a 66-63 win
Saturday over Memphis.
Southern Miss (8-5, 1-1 Conference USA) led by five, 64-59, with
14.7 seconds remaining when Memphis' Jeremy Hunt made a 3-pointer
and was fouled by Jarekus Singleton with 8.7 seconds left. Hunt
converted the four-point play and Memphis (9-3, 0-1) trailed by
just one, 64-63.
The Tigers fouled Carter, who made two free throws to give
Southern Miss a chance to set up its full-court defense.
Memphis was looking to get the ball to its point guard, Antonio
Burks, but Southern Miss had Burks covered. That left Rodney Carney
to push the ball up court and Carney lost it at midcourt with three
seconds remaining to give Southern Miss the win.
Burks led all scorers with 29 points. Hunt had 14.
Down by as many as 16 in the second half, the Tigers slowly
chipped away to pull to within single digits with 2:04 remaining.
But the Golden Eagles controlled the tempo throughout, forcing
Memphis to take long-range jump shots and the Tigers were
Southern Miss held Memphis to its lowest first-half total of the
season, taking a 27-15 lead at the break. The Tigers managed only
five field goals in the first half, shooting 20.8 percent from the
Southern Miss shot 44.7 percent from floor in the game.
Greg Johnson had 14 points for Southern Miss.