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After four overtimes, Southern Miss. survives against New Orleans

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Kyle LaMonte made three free throws in
the final 15 seconds of the fourth overtime to lift Southern
Mississippi to an 83-78 over New Orleans on Saturday night.

Shaun Simpson and Jason Forte then had key baskets to give the
Golden Eagles the lead in the fourth OT. LaMonte then sealed it at
the foul line in the longest game in Southern Miss history.

Simpson led Southern Miss (2-4) with 21 points. The Golden
Eagles snapped a four-game losing streak.

Both teams had plenty of chances to win it well before the
fourth overtime. LaMonte missed a free throw with 5 seconds
remaining in regulation and the game tied 49-49.

Simpson made two free throws with 5 seconds left in the first
overtime to tie it 57-57 and force a second OT.

James Parlow gave New Orleans a 6-point lead with two 3-pointers
in the second overtime, but Southern Miss once again tied it, this
time 67-67 on Courtney Beasley's putback with 9 seconds remaining,
to force a third overtime.

From there, Southern Miss led 74-69 with 2 minutes left, but
Parlow hit another 3-pointer and a short jumper by teammate Wayne
Williams made it 74-74 and forced the fourth OT.

LaMonte had 14 points, Forte had 13 points and 10 rebounds,
Jarekus Singleton had 12 points and Beasley added 11 points for the
Golden Eagles. Mildon Ambres had 10 points and 11 rebounds for
Southern Miss.

The Privateers were playing without leading scorer Bo McCalebb,
who is out for the season with a broken wrist.

Williams had 22 points for New Orleans (1-4), Parlow had 18 and
Shawn Malloy had 15 off the bench. Jamie McNeilly added 10 points
in the Privateers' first four-overtime game since 1983.

New Orleans has lost four straight.