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Houston reaches conference final with 74-66 win

Mar 13, 2010 - 3:07 AM By JEFF LATZKE AP Sports Writer

TULSA, Okla.(AP) -- National scoring leader Aubrey Coleman had 27 points and Maurice McNeil had two critical offensive rebounds down the stretch as Houston held off Southern Miss 74-66 Friday night to advance to the Conference USA championship game.

McNeil was fouled after each of his rebounds on back-to-back possessions for the seventh-seeded Cougars (18-15) after Southern Miss cut a seven-point deficit to two in the final three minutes. He converted three of his four foul shots to give Houston just enough cushion to hold on.

Coleman, who averages 25.9 points, had a steal and five free throws in the final minute to clinch it for the Cougars.

Houston, the only team to defeat regular season champion UTEP during conference play, will face the top-seeded Miners again in the finals Saturday.

Gary Flowers led Southern Miss (20-13) with 24 points and 10 rebounds.








  • CONFERENCE USA TOURNAMENT
    AT TULSA, OK
    NCAA BB HOUSTON 74
    SOUTHERN MISS 66 FINAL

    Mar 12 8:37 PM
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    Houston 61, Southern Mississippi 59  2nd - 2:48Mar 12 8:21 PM
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    Houston 61, Southern Mississippi 57  2nd - 3:19Mar 12 8:17 PM
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    Houston 59, Southern Mississippi 57  2nd - 3:56Mar 12 8:16 PM


  • CONFERENCE USA TOURNAMENT
    AT TULSA, OK
    NCAA BB HALFTIME 1ST 2ND TOTAL
    --- --- -----
    HOUSTON 31 31
    SOUTHERN MISS 30 30 HALFTIME
    HIGH SCORERS AT HALFTIME
    HOUSTON - ADAM BROWN 8, AUBREY COLEMAN 6, TWO
    PLAYERS WITH 5
    SOUTHERN MISS - GARY FLOWERS 14, MAURICE BOLDEN 5,
    SAI'QUON STONE 4

    Mar 12 7:23 PM