Memphis defeats Southern Mississippi 59-57Jan 10, 2010 - 3:15 AM HATTIESBURG, Miss.(AP) -- Willie Kemp made a pair of clutch free throws with 5.2 seconds left to propel Memphis to a 59-57 win over Southern Mississippi on Saturday night.
Elliot Williams scored 33 points, making 11 of 19 shots from the field and 8 of 12 from the 3-point line to lead Memphis (11-4, 1-0 Conference USA).
Southern Miss (9-6, 0-2) climbed back from a 41-26 halftime deficit to make the game close in the waning minutes, but Kemp's free throws sealed the win for the Tigers.
A futile 3-point shot by Southern Miss' Gary Flowers never left his hand in time as the final second ticked off the clock.
Maurice Bolden led Southern Miss with 13 points.
The win was the 62nd straight Conference USA victory for Memphis, which hasn't lost a regular season or conference tournament game since a 80-74 defeat to Alabama-Birmingham on March 2, 2006.
- NCAA BB
SOUTHERN MISS 57 FINAL
Jan 9 10:01 PM
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HALFTIME 1ST 2ND TOTAL
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MEMPHIS 41 41
SOUTHERN MISS 26 26 HALFTIME
HIGH SCORERS AT HALFTIME
MEMPHIS - ELLIOT WILLIAMS 25, WESLEY WITHERSPOON
6, ROBURT SALLIE 5
SOUTHERN MISS - R.L. HORTON 9, ANGELO JOHNSON 7,
MAURICE BOLDEN 6
Jan 9 8:45 PM
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