GREENVILLE, S.C. -- R.L. Horton scored 14 points and Southern Mississippi beat East Carolina 75-65 in both teams' regular-season finale on Saturday night.
Gary Flowers and Angelo Johnson added 13 points, Sai'Quon Stone had 12 and Torye Pelham 10 for the Golden Eagles (18-12, 8-8 Conference USA), who have won eight of the past nine games against the Pirates.
East Carolina (10-20, 4-12) overcame a 12-point deficit in the first half and led 33-32 at halftime. The game was tied five times in the second half before the Golden Eagles took control with an 11-4 run in the final 2:58.
Southern Miss made 22 of 26 free throws (84.6 percent), including 6 of 8 in the final 1:21. Stone hit 10 of 12 for the game.
Both teams open the conference tournament on March 10.