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Late Rally Not Enough For Eagles Against Tigers

Southern Mississippi forward Gary Flowers shoots while defended by Memphis guard guard Doneal Mack.

Southern Mississippi forward Gary Flowers shoots while defended by Memphis guard guard Doneal Mack.

Feb. 27, 2010

Box Score

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -Elliot Williams scored 26 points, Roburt Salle added 20 and Memphis survived a poor start for a 76-69 victory over Southern Mississippi on Saturday night.

Wesley Witherspoon added 16 points for Memphis (21-8, 11-3 Conference USA), which won its fifth in the past six games, and held onto a tie for second with Alabama-Birmingham in C-USA.

R.L. Horton led the Golden Eagles (16-12, 6-8) with 24 points, and tried to rally Southern Mississippi with a trio of 3-pointers in the final 2 minutes. But Memphis had built a 12-point lead and Horton's shooting wasn't enough.

Josimar Ayarza scored 14 for Southern Mississippi, while Gary Flowers scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds before fouling out with 1:34 left.

The Tigers erased an 11-point first half deficit and the two teams stayed even until an 8-0 Memphis run midway through the second half broke open a 45-45 tie.

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