Memphis tops Southern Miss in C-USA battle
=== Memphis tops Southern Miss in C-USA battle ===
Hattiesburg, MS (Sports Network) – Darius Washington had 20 points and five
assists to lead the fourth-ranked Memphis Tigers to an 85-68 victory over the
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles at Reed Green Coliseum.
Robert Dozier and Chris Douglas-Roberts each netted 14 and five boards and
Rodney Carney added 11 points for the Tigers (17-2, 3-0 C-USA), who have won
six in a row.
Jarekus Singleton paced the Golden Eagles (7-12, 1-3) with 19 points and
Courtney Beasley contributed 16 points in the loss, Southern Miss’ fifth in
its last six attempts.
Memphis jumped out to a 19-10 lead, courtesy of three consecutive three-
pointers from Carney, but Southern Miss used a 9-4 run, capped by David
Cornwell’s free throw with 9:33 remaining, to narrow the gap to 23-19.
The Tigers responded with a 12-2 spurt, highlighted by five points from Shawne
Williams and four from Douglas-Roberts. An 8-0 streak from the Golden Eagles
cut the lead to 35-29 with almost 3 1/2 minutes left in the first half.
After shooting 63 percent from the field, Memphis led 45-35 after 20 minutes
of play. Southern Miss closed the opening stanza at 52 percent.
Early in the final frame Southern Miss cut the lead to 47-39 on Singleton’s
jumper but that was as close as the Golden Eagles would get.
The Tigers went on a 14-6 streak, including five points from Dozier, to extend
the lead to 61-45 with 12:12 left to play.
Southern Miss cut the deficit to 74-64 on Mildon Ambres’ jumper with almost 4
1/2 minutes remaining, however, Memphis closed the game on an 11-4 spurt. The
Tigers hit 5-of-6 from the line in the final three minutes to seal the
Memphis connected on 54 percent of its shots, while Southern Miss shot 45
percent from the floor…The Tigers’ Joey Dorsey has drained 88 percent of his
shots in the last six games…Carney’s 245 treys rank him as the all-time
leader for Memphis…The Tigers lead the series 50-23…Southern Miss is 11-6
in the last 17 games with Memphis at Reed Green Coliseum.