NCAA Game Summary - Tulsa at Southern Miss
(Wednesday, February 15th)
Final Score: Southern Miss 77, Tulsa 69 (OT)
Hattiesburg, MS (Sports Network) - Neil Watson's three-pointer with less than a second to play in regulation sent the meeting into overtime where Southern Miss took control and grabbed the 77-69 win over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in a Conference-USA showdown at Reed Green Coliseum.
Watson finished the night with 18 points for the Golden Eagles (22-4, 9-2 C- USA) yet shot just 5-of-19 from the floor for the squad as they picked up their second straight win and the seventh in the last eight outings overall. Jonathan Mills accounted for 25 points and 10 rebounds and Maurice Bolden 11 points, while backup Torye Pelham registered nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Golden Hurricane (15-11, 8-4) was paced by Scottie Haralson who dropped in 19 points, while Jordan Clarkson and Steven Idlet checked in with 17 and 10 points, respectively, as they lost for the second time in three games.
Tulsa led by as many as five points in the first half, but even with the team shooting 50 percent from the floor it still trailed at the break, 34-28. USM made good on just 37.5 percent from the field and 2-of-8 beyond the arc, but the hosts did convert all but one of 15 tries at the free-throw line in order to surge ahead.
In the second half the Golden Eagles pushed the lead as high as 15 points midway through the frame, but still needed Watson's triple in the waning moments to buy them more time.
In the extra session Tulsa made just one of eight field goal tries, en route to the eight-point loss.
In a game that experienced seven ties and nine lead changes, Southern Miss survived despite shooting just 37.5 percent from the floor and 4-of-14 behind the three-point line.
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