MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tarik Black had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Will Barton added 16 points, including two key baskets down the stretch, as Memphis defeated Southern Mississippi 67-61 on Saturday night.
It was the 16th straight victory for Memphis (19-6, 7-3 Conference USA) in the series, as the Tigers weathered a 12-point first-half lead by the Golden Eagles (18-6, 7-4).
Barton had a pair of layups in the final minute and Chris Crawford added a pair of free throws with 5 seconds left to seal the victory.
Southern Miss' Gary Flowers, the conference's leading scorer at 20.2, scored 14 before fouling out with 4:50 left. D.J. Newbill also had 14 points and Maurice Bolden finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.