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Southern Miss 88, LSU 84

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) -- Michael Ford made a lay-up with 1.1 seconds
left in the second half to tie the score at the end of regulation,
then hit four late free throws in overtime to lift Southern
Mississippi to an 88-84 win Saturday over LSU at the Mississippi
Coast Coliseum.

Jasper Johnson had a career-high 27 points for Southern Miss.

Ford, who finished with 10 points, made a pair of free throws
with 19.7 seconds remaining in overtime to give Southern
Mississippi (7-2) an 86-82 lead.

Following a basket from LSU's Brandon Bass, Ford connected on
two more free throws with 5.8 seconds remaining to give the Golden
Eagles their final margin of victory.

LSU (5-2) trailed in the first half, but took a sizable lead
after the break.

The Golden Eagles had a 40-29 lead at halftime and lost it
thanks in part to a seven-minute scoring drought.

LSU led 53-52 with 12:35 left. The Tigers led by as much as
seven points before Southern Mississippi responded with a run of
its own.

The Golden Eagles outscored LSU 15-8 over the final three
minutes to send the game to overtime. That's when Ford took control
and made the winning free throws.

Glen Davis led LSU with 27 points. Tack Minor added 17 and
Darrel Mitchell had 14.