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Basketball Outlasts New Orleans, 83-78, In Four-Overtime Thriller

Dec. 3, 2005

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - It took 60 minutes of play and four extra periods to decide the victor of Saturday's men's basketball game between Southern Miss and New Orleans, and in the end, it was the host Golden Eagles who came out on top, winning 83-78 over the Privateers in the first-ever four-overtime game in Southern Miss basketball history.

Shaun Simpson paced the Golden Eagles (2-4) with a career-best 21 points, while two players -- Jason Forte and Mildon Ambres -- posted their first career double-doubles in the victory.

New Orleans (1-4) opened the game with a 27-25 lead at the break, but Southern Miss rallied in the second half, tying the score at 49-49 when Kyle Lamonte connected on a free throw in the final seconds to send the game into overtime. In the first overtime, Simpson made good on a pair of free throws to tie the game, 57-57. Courtney Beasley the got into the action with a putback in the second overtime to tie the game at 67-67, and New Orleans' Wayne Williams hit a short jumper in the third overtime to send the game into the final period.

From there, Southern Miss took the lead for good on Lamonte's jumper with 4:19 left in overtime and held off the Privateer attack, allowing just four points in the final period.

Forte finished the game with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Ambres added 10 points and a game-high 11 boards. Lamonte, who made three free throws in the final 15 seconds and scored eight points in the overtime periods, added 14 points. Jarekus Singleton and Beasley also scored in double figures, with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Williams poured in a game-high 22 points for New Orleans, who was without its leading scorer, Bo McCalebb, who is out for the season with a broken wrist. James Parlow added 18 points, and Shawn Malloy had 15. Jamie McNeilly added 10 points.

Southern Miss now takes to the road again to face Sam Houston State on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., in Huntsville, Texas.

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