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Basketball Picks Up First-Round Win Over Tulsa, 66-61

March 8, 2006

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team converted on 12-of-14 free throws in the final few minutes, 9-of-10 in the final 45 seconds, to pick up the come-from-behind win over Tulsa in the 2006 Conference USA Championships Presented by Aeropostale, Wednesday, at the FedExForum here in Memphis, Tenn.

With the win, the Golden Eagles (10-20), seeded 11th in the tournament, advance to the quarterfinal round where they will meet No. 3 seed UTEP (19-8) at 2:36 p.m., Thursday. The game will be televised nationally on the CSTV network, with the broadcast team of Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Steve Lappas (analysis) calling the action. Tulsa, seeded sixth in the event, fell to 11-17 overall.

The game also will be broadcast over the Southern Miss ISP Sports Network, with the "Voice of the Golden Eagles" John Cox and legendary coach M.K. Turk calling the action. Air time begins at 2 p.m., CT, with the Golden Eagle Courtside Show.

Mildon Ambres led the way with 19 points, and Craig Craft added a career-high 15 in the game, helping Southern Miss come back from an 8-point deficit in the final minutes of the game. David Cornwell and Courtney Beasley each finished with eight points, while Beasley added a career-best seven assists. Jason Forte led the team with nine rebounds.

Chris Wallace led Tulsa with 17 points, while Anthony Price scored 15. Bishop Wheatley scored 10 for the Golden Hurricane.

Southern Miss out-rebounded the Golden Hurricane 37-24 in the game, including a 16-6 advantage in offensive boards. Tulsa, however, got the edge in shooting, 47 percent to 42 percent.

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