Tigers Win 66-63 Over Southern Miss to Advance to C-USA Semifinals

March 10, 2011

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By: Preston McClellan

EL PASO, Texas – Four different guards scored in double figures and Memphis made 24-of-31 free throws as the Tigers knocked off Southern Miss 66-63 to advance to the Conference USA Championship Semifinals.

Joe Jackson led the Tigers with 15 points off the bench by going 7-of-8 from the charity stripe, including the last two free throws to put Memphis ahead 66-63. Antonio Barton scored 12 points, including 10 in the first half, while Will Barton and Charles Carmouche each added 10.

Southern Miss, which trailed by as many as 14 in the first half, fought back to tie the game at 48 behind two triples from senior guard R.L. Horton. The Tigers responded with a 6-0 run capped by a jumper from Carmouche to regain the lead, however.

The Tigers, who never trailed in the game, appeared poised to put the contest away when Chris Crawford stepped to the line for two free throws with Memphis already leading 60-56. Crawford missed both, however, and Gary Flowers drained a triple on the other end to cut the lead to 60-59.

Memphis responded with a dunk from Jackson and two free throws from Will Barton, but the Golden Eagles weren’t done fighting. Southern Miss got a tip-in by Ahyaro Phillips to cut the lead to 64-61, and back-to-back turnovers by the Tigers resulted in another second-chance opportunity for Phillips, who converted to cut the lead to 64-63.

Jackson made two free throws for Memphis on its next possession, and a last-second three-point attempt form Flowers fell short as Memphis escaped to advance to the semifinals of the C-USA Championship. Memphis will take on East Carolina, which upset No.1-seed UAB, 75-70 in overtime Thursday at the Don Haskins Center.

Horton led the scoring attack for Southern Miss, finishing with 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting. D.J. Newbill made several key buckets for the Golden Eagles and finished with 14 points in the losing effort. Flowers, who faced double teams and different looks from Memphis all night, finished with 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting, including just 1-of-5 from beyond the arc.

The Tigers outrebounded the Golden Eagles despite Tarik Black and Will Coleman combining for just 37 minutes, as both faced foul trouble throughout the game. DJ Stephens provided a big spark off the bench for Memphis by getting two steals and scoring six points in just three minutes of action.

Memphis will face ECU tomorrow at 5:30 p.m (CT) at the Don Haskins Center in the semifinals of the C-USA Championship.

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