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Southern Miss Falls Victim to Second Half Barrage, Drops 73-59 Decision to Tulane

Feb. 24, 2009

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. --Tulane used a 25-11 run in the last 7:40 to defeat Southern Miss, 73-59, Tuesday night at Reed Green Coliseum.

The Golden Eagles (14-13, 4-9 C-USA) have now lost seven of their last eight games, and it snapped a three-game win streak over the Green Wave (12-15, 6-8).

Junior guard Jeremy Wise led Southern Miss with 16 points. Sophomore guard R.L. Horton scored 14 and had four assists. Senior guard Craig Craft contributed 10 points and five rebounds. Senior guard Courtney Beasley added nine points and a team-high 13 rebounds, while junior forward Andre Stephens had seven points and nine rebounds.

Southern Miss led 28-20 going into the second half. But an 11-1 start by Tulane, coupled with the Golden Eagles connecting on just three of their first 11 shots, gave the Green Wave a 31-29 lead. It was their first lead since the 9:13 mark of the first half.

Tulane, which had missed a combined 20 three-pointers over the first three quarters against Southern Miss, hit their next four to take a 40-35 lead 6:28 into the second stanza.

The teams traded baskets for the next three minutes before the Golden Eagles hit five straight free throws to take a 47-46 advantage.

Southern Miss had a 49-48 lead with 7:40 to play. However, it hit just four of its final 15 shots, as Tulane pulled away.

For the second straight game, Southern Miss started slow, hitting just three of its first 13 shots over the first 10:22. But the Golden Eagles made their next five shots, as they went on a 15-4 run to take a 21-14 lead with 6:24 remaining in the half.

Tulane scored six straight points to cut the deficit to one with four minutes to play, but Southern Miss scored the final seven, capped off by an R.L. Horton three-pointer at the buzzer to give it a 28-20 leading heading into the half.

The Green Wave was led by Kris Richard with 23 points. Robinson Louisme recorded a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high 16 rebounds. Daniel Puckett had 12 points, and Asim McQueen added 11.

Tulane connected on 51.0-percent (26-of-51) from the field, including 17-of-26 (65.4%) in the second half, while holding the Golden Eagles to just 37.9-percent (22-of-58) for the game.

Southern Miss returns to action this Saturday, Feb. 28. The Golden Eagles travel to Memphis, Tenn. to take on fourth-ranked Memphis in a regionally-televised game on CSS. Tip-off is set for Noon CT.

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