Feb. 4, 2006
DALLAS, Texas - The Southern Miss men's basketball team fell on the road to host SMU, 58-53, Saturday at SMU's Moody Coliseum here in Dallas, Texas.
With the loss, the Golden Eagles fell to 7-15 overall and 1-6 in Conference USA play, while the Mustangs improved to 11-9 and 3-4 in league play.
Southern Miss opened with a 14-point lead midway through the first half, up 20-6 with 11:38 remaining. But SMU chipped away at the lead over the remainder of the period, using a 16-6 run to head into the break down four, 26-22.
In the second half, the Golden Eagles again started quick, using an 11-5 run to take a 10-point lead, 37-27, with 14:41 left in the game. From there, however, the Mustangs used a run of their own, 12-2, to tie the game at 39-39 with 9:44 left. The teams would trade baskets and tie the game twice more, until SMU took the lead for good, 44-43, on a tip-in by Bamba Fall with 6:22 remaining in the game.
SMU, which scored its final nine points from the free throw line, led by as many as six points twice and held on for the eventual five-point win.
Mildon Ambres led Southern Miss with a game-high 19 points, connecting on 8-of-9 from the field, while Courtney Beasley scored 12 points to extend his double-digit scoring streak to 11 games. Beasley and Jason Forte each led the team with six rebounds.
For SMU, Fall had a team-best 14 points, 12 in the second half, while Derrick Roberts and Devon Pearson added 13 and 12, respectively.
Southern Miss now returns home to host a pair of games, beginning with UCF on Wednesday. Tip-off for the game is set for 7 p.m. The team then hosts UTEP on Saturday, Feb. 11.
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