HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Gary Flowers scored 17 points and Southern Mississippi avoided another late-game letdown by defeating SMU 56-53 on Tuesday night.
Trailing by 10 points with just over a minute left, SMU (10-11, 3-4 Conference USA) mounted a rally to cut the lead to 54-53 with 10 seconds left.
Williams scored 24 points, but had a team-high five turnovers. The Mustangs committed 14 turnovers and had just seven assists.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for SMU, and gave Southern Miss its third straight win against a Conference USA opponent.