Jan. 14, 2009
NEW ORLEANS -- Southern Miss hit seven free throws in the last 36 seconds to hold off Tulane, 61-54, Wednesday night at Fogelman Arena.
With the win, Southern Miss improves to 10-5, 1-1 in Conference USA, while Tulane falls to 7-9, 1-2 in conference.
"This was really our first true road win this year," said head coach Larry Eustachy. "I don't care who you are playing, winning on the road is a great win. We really defended well. What I really liked is that we started the second half with two threes, which allowed us to penetrate the paint. But overall, it was a good win."
Jeremy Wise led the Golden Eagles with 20 points, including 16 in the second half. Courtney Beasley and R.L. Horton added 12 points. Wise also grabbed seven rebounds.
The Golden Eagles led 45-32 with 11 minutes to play after Jeremy Wise's second three-pointer. But Tulane began to chip away at the lead. Over the next six minutes, the Green Wave held Southern Miss to just two baskets while cutting the deficit to four, getting it down to 52-48.
However, Southern Miss stepped up its defense, as Tulane missed six of its final seven shots.
Southern Miss came out strong, scoring 10 of the game's first 12 points, capped by a Jeremy Wise three-pointer from the top of the key.
After the teams traded baskets, Craig Craft hit a three-pointer, giving the Golden Eagles 17-6 lead with 11:36 to play in the half. However, Tulane went on a 12-2 run over the next 6:02 to cut the deficit to 19-18.
But, the Golden Eagles scored seven straight points, capped by an R.L. Horton three-point play, on their way to holding a 28-22 advantage at the break. Southern Miss held the Green Wave to just 8-of-27 shooting (29.6-percent) from the field for the half, including 0-of-6 from the three-point range, while connecting on 39.3-percent (11-of-28).
The teams exchanged hoops to open the second half, before Wise scored nine points, capped off by a three-pointer, to lead Southern Miss on a 15-4 run, giving the Eagles a 45-32 lead with 11 minutes left.
Tulane was led by Kris Richard with 21 points. Asim McQueen added 10 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the year.
The Golden Eagles return to action this Saturday when they host Houston at 4 p.m. CT in Reed Green Coliseum.