Davis dashes upset bid
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Senior forward Dwayne
Davis made a pair of pressure free throws with 28 seconds left in
regulation to keep Southern Miss alive and scored seven points in
overtime to help the Golden Eagles capture an 86-82 Conference USA
victory over East Carolina Saturday evening in Greenville.
Davis, who finished with
23 points, was instrumental in lifting USM from a seven-point deficit in
the final 3:32 of the second half and making certain in the extra period
that the Golden Eagles fended off what would have been a major upset.
Davisís clutch performance
took some of the luster away from a stellar outing by ECU junior guard
Akeem Richmond. A transfer from Rhode Island, Richmond stroked in a
school-record eight threes and led all scorers with 25 points.
Story continues after the
Akeem Richmond sets to fire in one of his
school-record 8 threes. (Photo: W.A. Myatt)
After a Davis free throw
put Southern Miss (20-6, 9-2 C-USA) in front 84-82 with 15 seconds
remaining in overtime, the Pirates (14-10, 5-6) had a chance for a final
shot to tie or win. But sophomore guard Paris Roberts-Campbell passed up
a look and turned the ball over on a pass out of bounds with one second
Following a 30-second
timeout, Roberts-Campbell fouled USM junior guard Cedric Jenkins, who
converted two free throws to cap off the win.
Senior point guard Miguel
Paul produced 22 points and 8 assists and junior forward Robert Sampson
added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Pirates.
Story continues after the
Robert Sampson throws down a big dunk
to give East Carolina an 8-point lead with
6:23 left in regulation. (Photo: W.A. Myatt)
ECU senior forward Maurice
Kemp, C-USAís leading scorer, was held to 9 points but recorded 6
assists and 7 rebounds.
Senior forward Neil Watson
had 17 and 8 rebounds and junior guard Jonathan Mills contributed 14
points and 8 rebounds for the Golden Eagles.
USM outshot the Pirates 50
percent to 44.3 percent and won the battle of the backboards 40-30.
ECU led at the half 35-31.
The Pirates begin a
three-game road stretch on Wednesday with an 8:05 p.m. clash at Tulsa.
CONFERENCE USA GAME SUMMARY
Southern Miss 86, East Carolina
Feb. 16, 2013
Facility: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum
Records: ECU 14-10, 5-6; USM 20-6, 9-2
SCORE BY PERIODS
02/17/13 10:40 AM.
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