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Eagles Lose Heartbreaker At Tulane, 66-61

Eagles Lose Heartbreaker At Tulane, 66-61
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Southern Miss lost another heartbreaker here Saturday when Tulane overcame a late deficit and posted a 66-61 Conference USA victory over The University of Southern Mississippi. The Golden Eagles dropped to 7-12 overall and 2-7 in the league, while Tulane improved to 12-8 overall and 4-5 in C-USA.

Southern Miss hit the first basket of the game and never trailed in the first 20 minutes. The halftime margin, 30-20, was the largest the Golden Eagles enjoyed during that first half. Elvin Mims led all scorers with 10 first half points and eight of the nine Golden Eagle players who saw action, scored in the first half.

Southern Miss increased its margin to a game-high 12 points early in the second half, but Tulane started to slowly chip away at that lead, and took a brief lead at 38-37 midway through the final 20 minutes. The Golden Eagles responded, however, and quickly ran their lead back to as many as eight points as late as the 6:49 mark. But the Green Wave refused to quit, and used a desperation, long-range, three-point shot by Brandon Spann with less than a second left to knot the score at 52.

Tulane then outscore the Eagles 14-8 in the first overtime game of the year for Southern Miss to post the victory. The Golden Eagles made five-of-12 free throws while Tulane converted 24-of-30, including a perfect eight-of-eight in the extra period.

Mims again led the Golden Eagles with 20 points and missed a third-straight double-double by two rebounds. Bernard Duncan was the only other Southern Miss player in double figures, at 10. Tulane put three players in double digits, led by Spann's 20. Neither team shot the ball well, Southern Miss hitting 22-of-58 (.379) and Tulane 20-of-55 (.364).

Southern Miss now returns home for a pair of games, Feb. 5 against a Houston team that beat the Eagles 74-66 in late January in Texas, and Feb. 9 against a Marquette team that Saturday dropped league-leading and nationally ranked Cincinnati 74-60. Tickets to both those games and the final two home games of the season, Feb. 23 against TCU and Mar. 2 against South Florida, remain on sale through the Athletic Ticket Office located in the Ferlise Center on West Fourth Street.

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