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Southern Miss Drops Close Game to New Mexico, 60-58

Dec. 6, 2008

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Dairese Gary hit two free throws with 4.7 seconds left as Southern Miss fell to New Mexico, 60-58, Saturday afternoon at University Arena.

Sophomore R.L. Horton scored a career-high 27 points, including four three-pointers, while also pulling down four rebounds.

"I thought we played well enough to win," said head coach Larry Eustachy. "I'm really proud of our guys. We showed a lot of toughness in a tough environment. I thought we played our hearts out. This is difficult for everybody."

The Golden Eagles held a 41-31 lead with 17 minutes left in the game, when the Lobos went on a 9-2 run over the next 2:29 to cut the lead to three. Two free throws by Sai'Quon Stone and a jumper by Horton followed by two free throws put the Eagles back up by eight, 49-41 with ten minutes left.

But the Golden Eagles went cold, going without a field goal for five minutes, as UNM score nine of the next ten points to tie the game at 50.

Southern Miss went back up by five, but New Mexico came right back, scoring seven points and taking the lead on a Tony Danridge three-point play with 1:54 to play, its first lead since the 12:35 mark of the first half.

The game stayed that way until Jeremy Wise tied it with nine seconds left, setting up the final play.

Southern Miss led 34-25 at the half, holding the Lobos to their lowest scoring output in a half this season.

The teams exchanged baskets to open the game. R.L Horton scored eight straight points, including two three's the last of which tied the game at 10 six minutes into the game. After a lay-up by Beasley and a three-pointer Danridge, the Eagles went on an 11-0 run, to go up 23-13, with 8:24 to play. Southern Miss extended it lead to 12 four minutes later, its largest of the game.

Beasley scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds. Wise was held without a field goal for the first time in his career, hitting just five free throws.

Danridge led New Mexico with 19 points. Dairese Gary and Chad Toppert added 13 points for the Lobos.

Southern Miss returns to action next Thursday, Dec. 11, when they travel to Kansas City, Mo. to face Kansas State in the K-State Holiday Classic. Game time is set for 7 p.m. CT.

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