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Feb. 15, 2012

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Tulsa erased a 15-point second-half deficit, but it was not enough as the Golden Hurricane fell at Southern Miss in overtime, 77-69, Wednesday evening at Reed Green Coliseum.

The Golden Hurricane (15-11, 8-4 C-USA) used an 18-2 run over five minutes in the second half to come from down 52-37 and take a 55-54 lead with 4:17 remaining. Jordan Clarkson, who finished with 17 points, hit a three-pointer with 15.2 seconds remaining to give TU a 64-63 lead. McClellan made two free throws, and Tulsa led 66-63 with 6.1 seconds left.

Southern Miss (22-4, 9-2 C-USA), however, got a three-pointer from Neil Watson with 0.5 seconds left to send the game into overtime. The Golden Eagles outscored the Hurricane 11-3 in the extra period to take the win.

Scottie Haralson led Tulsa with 19 points, making four three-pointers, and Steven Idlet added 10 points for the Hurricane. Jonathan Mills led USM with 25 points, and Watson added 18 points.

Southern Miss scored the first six points of the second period, taking a 40-28 lead. TU scored five straight on a Haralson three-pointer and a jumper by Clarkson, to close the gap to 40-33. Southern Miss, however, scored five straight to spark a 12-4 run and take a 15-point advantage at 52-37.

Haralson hit a three-pointer from the right wing to spark a 9-0 spurt, capped by a Clarkson three, bringing the Hurricane back to within six points at 52-36 with 7:55 left in the game. TU used an 18-2 run to erase the 15-point deficit and take a 55-54 lead with 4:17 remaining in regulation.

From there, the teams went back and forth until the final sequence.

Tulsa shot 50 percent in the first half, scoring 20 of its 26 points in the paint, but Southern Miss made 14-of-15 free throws to take a 34-28 lead into the locker room.

TU opened the game with a 6-1 lead and led 10-5, before Southern Miss used to a 10-0 run to move ahead 15-10 with 10:14 left in the half. The Golden Hurricane responded with seven straight points to retake the lead at 17-15. TU led 22-18 with 5:40 remaining, but the Golden Eagles moved back in front, 25-22, and went ahead to a six-point, 34-28 advantage at the half.

The Golden Hurricane returns home to face Rice at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

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