By David Brandt/The Associated Press
HATTIESBURG — Charles Carmouche hit a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining to give Memphis a 76-75 victory over Southern Mississippi Wednesday.
Memphis (14-4, 3-1 Conference USA) climbed out of an 18-point first-half deficit to claim its 15th straight win in the series, dating back to 2004. Will Barton had 15 points to lead four Memphis players in double figures.
Southern Miss (14-4, 3-2) cruised to a 29-11 lead with 7:43 remaining in the first half, but Memphis brought it to 40-29 on Joe Jackson’s 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.
Gary Flowers led the Golden Eagles with 21 points and R.L. Horton added 18.
The Tigers were without starting forward Wesley Witherspoon, who missed his second straight game after being suspended for an “internal matter.” Memphis was sloppy, especially early, with 10 turnovers in the first half.
But the Tigers recovered, scoring 47 second-half points.