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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Story From on Memphis v. Southern Miss Game

No. 19 Memphis Pulls Away from Golden Eagles Late for Victory
Craig Craft scores 21 points in the loss.

Jan. 13, 2007
No. 19 Memphis Pulls Away Down Stretch From Golden Eagles in 75-62 C-USA Victory

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - No. 19 Memphis got a game-high 23 points from Chris Douglas-Roberts as the visiting Tigers pulled away from Southern Miss late in a 75-62 Conference USA contest here Saturday night at Reed Green Coliseum.

The Golden Eagles (11-4 overall, 1-1 C-USA) had their 11-game home winning streak snapped as Memphis (13-3, 3-0) won for the sixth straight time over Southern Miss. It was the second nationally ranked opponent for Southern Miss this season, as the Golden Eagles also fell to then No. 9 Alabama, 77-64, in Mobile.

Southern Miss sophomore Craig Craft (Raleigh, N.C.) scored a career-high 21 points, while freshman Jeremy Wise (Jackson, Miss.) added 13 points.

Joey Dorsey added 14 points, while Robert Dozier put in 11 for the visiting Tigers.

Craft and Wise helped the Golden Eagles erase a 42-34 deficit midway through the second half by going on a 12-0 run. Wise, and then Craft, tallied 3-pointers to start the stretch and Craft then hit a jumper in the paint to tie the score before Wise then gave the Golden Eagles the 44-42 advantage with a pair of free throws with 13:42 left.

Southern Miss continued to hold its lead and was up, 54-50, before the Tigers scored the next seven points and led the remainder of the contest.

The Tigers hit their final six free throws and Dozier and Dorsey added a bucket each over the last four minutes to maintain the final advantage.

Southern Miss coach Larry Eustachy was ejected from the contest with 2:46 to play after receiving his second technical of the contest.

The Golden Eagles were also outrebounded for just the second time this season, as Memphis held the edge, 34-30.

Southern Miss takes to the road for its next two games, starting with UTEP, Wednesday (Jan. 17), in an 8:05 p.m., CT contest. The Golden Eagles finish the trek with UAB, Saturday (Jan. 20) at 1 p.m., in Birmingham.

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