Carmouche’s Buzzer Beater Lifts Memphis Past Southern Miss, 76-75

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By:Preston McClellan

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – Charles Carmouche’s long-range dagger with 1.2 seconds left lifted Memphis (14-4; 3-1 C-USA) past Southern Miss, 76-75, Wednesday night at Reed Green Coliseum.

With the Tigers trailing 75-73 with 6.7 seconds remaining, Joe Jackson dribbled up the right side of the floor before finding Carmouche open for three across the floor on the left wing.

The trifecta found nothing but net, and Memphis intercepted the ensuing inbounds play by the Golden Eagles (14-4; 3-2 C-USA) to seal the victory.

After trailing by as many as 18 in the first half and 40-29 at the break, Memphis battled back to notch the game at 62 with 5:38 to play behind a 9-0 run. The Tigers took their first lead of the game at the 3:17 mark when a triple from Will Barton put Memphis ahead 69-66.

Stingy defense by the Tigers on the ensuing Golden Eagles possession forced Gary Flowers into a turnover, and Memphis capitalized by finding DJ Stephens for a fastbreak slam to increase the lead to 71-66.

A triple from Josimar Ayarza at the 1:48 mark brought USM back to within 71-70, and the Golden Eagles retook the lead 74-73 with 16 seconds to play after R.L. Horton connected on a free-throw-line floater.

Carmouche missed a jumper on the next Memphis possession, forcing the Tigers to foul. Horton made one-of-two from the line before Jackson found Carmouche for the game-winning triple.

After starting the game 5-of-16 (31 percent) from the floor, Memphis found its range in the second half, finishing the game shooting 31-of-61 (50.8 percent), including 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from beyond the arc.

Chris Crawford led the surge in the second half, scoring all 12 of his points after halftime, while Will Barton led the Tigers in the scoring column, tallying 15 points and adding five rebounds in 31 minutes.

Flowers led the Golden Eagles with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting. R.L. Horton, playing in his final home game against Memphis, added 18 points and seven rebounds. Ayarza (13) and Angelo Johnson (10) were the only other USM players in double figures.

Carmouche finished with 11 points and perhaps the biggest shot of the Tigers’ season thus far. With the victory, Memphis maintains a tie for the lead in the Conference USA standings. The U of M extends its winning streak against Southern Miss to 15 games, dating back to the second contest of the 2003-04 season.

Memphis doesn’t have much time to recuperate, as the Tigers will travel to Birmingham, Ala. on Saturday for a matchup against C-USA rival UAB. The game is slated for 6 p.m. (CDT) and will be televised on ESPN2.

 

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21 years young. Senior PR student at the University of Memphis. Student intern for Memphis Athletic Media Relations. www.prestonmcclellan.weebly.com. Follow me @p_mcclellan.

Posted on January 22, 2011, in C-USA Basketball, Memphis Tigers, NCAA Basketball, Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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