Southern Miss advances to semifinals, 58-44

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Angelo Johnson scored 17 points and No. 6 seed Southern Mississippi defeated third-seeded UAB 58-44 Thursday, the second upset in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament.

Gary Flowers scored 14 points and R.L. Horton had 12 for the Golden Eagles (20-12), who will play No. 7 seed Houston in the semifinals Friday. Houston knocked off No. 2 seed Memphis earlier in the day.

Jamarr Sanders scored 10 points to lead the Blazers (23-8), who fell behind 16-2 in the first five minutes and never recovered.

UAB, which was ranked in the Top 25 earlier this season, shot only 39.1 percent from the field and made only 4-of-15 free throws.

Southern Miss was worse from the field, shooting 33.3 percent, but hit 25-of-30 free throws.