March 2, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss hit 14 free throws in the final 1:54 to fend off Tulane, 66-57, Tuesday night at Reed Green Coliseum.
Junior Gary Flowers and sophomore Maurice Bolden each recorded double-doubles for the Golden Eagles. Flowers scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Bolden scored 16 points and pulled down 12 boards. Junior Sai'Quon Stone was two rebounds shy of a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
"This is a great win," said head coach Larry Eustachy. "We`ve struggled in the past in these kind of games, but we pulled through in the end. I told them at the end of the game that I was really proud of them. We played really well when it counted."
The Golden Eagles (16-12, 7-8 C-USA) led 29-27 at the half. Two jumpers by sophomore Angelo Johnson and junior R.L. Horton gave them a six point lead. After a jumper by Kendall Timmons, Bolden hit two free throws to retake a six point lead.
The teams traded baskets with Southern Miss holding a 39-36 lead with 7:27 remaining. However, the Green Wave started hitting a barrage of three-pointers, and two straight by Kris Richard pulled them to within 54-50 with 1:40 to play.
But that is as close as Tulane would get, as Southern Miss connected on 14-of-18 free throws the rest of the way to seal the victory.
The game started with a putback from Flowers, but Tulane went on an 11-4 run over the next 4:09 to take an 11-6 lead. But the Golden Eagles came right back, going on a 10-4 run with 10:56 left in the first half.
The Green Wave scored 10 of the next 14 points to take its biggest lead of the game, 25-20 with 7:05 to play. But Southern Miss held TU to two points the rest of the half, as they grabbed a 29-27 lead at the break.
Jordan Callahan led Tulane with 16 points. Kendall Timmons and Kris Richard scored 10 apiece and Kevin Sims added nine points and a game-high six assists.
Southern Miss outrebounded Tulane, 44-25. Tulane shot 40.0% (20-of-50) from the field, while the Golden Eagles hit just 35.3% (18-of-51) from the floor. The Black and Gold held a big advantage from the free throw line, connecting on 28-of-36 (77.8%) from the charity stripe while Tulane was just 9-of-12 (75.0%).
Southern Miss closes out the regular season this Saturday when it travels to Greenville, N.C. to face East Carolina. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.