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January 27, 2013

TU falls just short against Southern Miss




TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa had a chance to tie Southern Miss in the game's final 15 seconds, but missed free throws hurt the Golden Hurricane and they fell 62-59 at the Reynolds Center on Saturday afternoon.

Dwayne Davis and Jerrold Brooks scored 11 points each for Southern Miss, and Jonathan Mills grabbed 11 rebounds as the Golden Eagles won their ninth game in a row.

"Southern Miss is a very talented team, and they made the plays down the stretch that were required to win," said Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning. "We had some opportunities to grab it, but we did not capitalize. You look at the rebounding margin, and they really hurt us on the offensive glass. They got 18 second-chance points, 19 offensive rebounds, and shot 39 percent for the game.

"You like to think that if you do a better job at rebounding the basketball, their second-chance points aren't as high, but Donnie Tyndall has them playing at a great level right now."

The Golden Eagles (17-4, 6-0 Conference USA) have won 11 of their last 12. They owned a 44-29 rebounding edge and outscored the Golden Hurricane 24-10 in the paint.

Southern Miss led for the final 12 minutes, but Tulsa pulled within 58-57 on Pat Swilling Jr.'s 3-pointer with 1:48 left. Neil Watson made a free throw with 19 seconds left for the Golden Eagles, and then Tulsa's Zeldric King stepped to the free throw line with a chance to tie with 10.4 seconds remaining. But he misfired on both attempts.

Jonathan Mills made three free throws in the final 8 seconds, and Tulsa got off one last shot but missed before the buzzer.

Swilling led Tulsa (12-9, 4-3) with 14 points. James Woodard had 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals, Kauri Black scored 12 and Scottie Haralson added 11 points for the Golden Hurricane.



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