HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Jasper Johnson hit a short baseline jumper with 0.8 seconds remaining to give Southern Mississippi a 61-59 win over New Orleans, Sunday at Reed Green Coliseum.
With 0.8 seconds left in the game, Johnson took the final inbounds pass from Clement Carter and one-touched a fade-away jumper from the left wing to give the Golden Eagles (7-4) the win.
"It was a great finish," Southern Miss coach James Green said. "Our guys did a good job of concentrating on that last play. Obviously, Jasper did a nice job of concentrating on that last shot, but he has made that before."
Johnson?s bucket put an end to a see-saw battle in the final 10 minutes of the game that saw five ties and four lead changes.
Down by as many as 12 points in the first half, New Orleans chipped away at the lead in the early stages of the second half. The Privateers took their first lead of the game, 48-46, on Ben Elias? jumper with 9:18 remaining.
"I think we gave them confidence," Green said on his team losing the early lead. "We need to be a tougher team and learn how to play without looking at the score. We have to play against ourselves and get better on each possession."
The lead changed hands three more times, including a 59-57 Golden Eagle advantage with one minute remaining after Jasper Johnson connected on his only 3-pointer of the game.
New Orleans tied it up for the final time on another Elias jump shot with 0:36 left, setting up the dramatic finish.
"We wanted to make sure that we would get the last shot in the game," Green said. "We accomplished that because we didn?t want to give (New Orleans) a chance to look at the basket."
Jasper Johnson, who scored six points in the final 1:30, was one of three Southern Miss players in double figures in the game. Greg Johnson had a game-high 20 points, and David Haywood added 11.
Victor Brown had 15 points to lead the Privateers, who fell to 6-6 with the loss. Bo McCalebb followed with 14 points, while Johnell Smith had 13. Elias finished with 10 points in the game.
Southern Miss led UNO, 34-25, at the half, led by Greg Johnson?s 11 points.
Following the UNO game, the final non-conference game of the season for Southern Miss, the Eagles open C-USA action three days later with a Jan. 7 game, at nationally-ranked Louisville.