By The Associated Press
EL PASO, Texas – Joe Jackson scored 15 points and helped seal Memphis’ 66-63 victory over Southern Mississippi with two key free throws in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament Thursday.
Fourth-seeded Memphis will now face eighth-seeded East Carolina (18-14) in the semifinals Friday.
The Tigers (23-9) had four players in double digits, as Jackson was joined by Antonio Barton with 12 points and Charles Carmouche and Will Barton with 10 each.
The fifth-seeded Golden Eagles (22-9) stayed in the game thanks to R.L. Horton, who had 19 points. D.J. Newbill scored 14 and Gary Flowers 12.
Memphis led 64-59 before Ahyaro Phillips scored twice for Southern Miss to cut it to 64-63 with 12 seconds left. Then Jackson hit his free throws.