March 8, 2006
Final Stats |
GAME 2: (11) SOUTHERN MISS 66, (6) TULSA 61
With the win, Southern Miss advances to face No. 3 UTEP in Thursday's 2:30 p.m. (CT) quarterfinal. The lower seed has now won the first two games of the Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament - the first time this has happened since 2000.
Southern Miss forward Mildon Ambres led all scorers with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while USM's Craig Craft added 15. Tulsa placed three players in double figures, led by Chris Wallace's 17 points.
The see-saw battle featured six lead changes and was tied eight times.
Southern Miss (10-20) managed to control the boards. The Golden Eagles out-rebounded the Hurricane, 37-24.
This was the fourth meeting between the two schools. The series is now tied at 2-2. Tulsa defeated Southern Miss, 72-63, at home during the regular season.
Trailing 42-44 at the 10:36 mark of the second half, Tulsa managed to go on a 10-0 run and hold USM scoreless until the Golden Eagles' Craig Craft hit a three pointer at the 6:23 mark. Southern Miss then answered with a run of its own by out-scoring the Golden Hurricane 19-9 down the stretch to capture the 66-61 win.
Southern Miss is now 5-8 all-time in the Conference USA Tournament. The C-USA tournament win is the first for second-year USM head coach Larry Eustachy.
Tulsa was competing in its first Conference USA Tournament. The Golden Hurricane has a combined overall record of 37-24 in conference tournaments, combining the school's record in the Missouri Valley Conference and the Western Athletic Conference. Tulsa finishes the season with a record of 11-17.