Memphis 66, Southern Miss. 63

Joe Jackson scored 15 points and helped seal Memphis’ 66-63

victory over Southern Mississippi with two key free throws in the

quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament Thursday.

Fourth-seeded Memphis will now face eighth-seeded East Carolina

(18-14) in the semifinals Friday.

The Tigers (23-9) had four players in double digits, as Jackson

was joined by Antonio Barton with 12 points and Charles Carmouche

and Will Barton with 10 each.

The fifth-seeded Golden Eagles (22-9) stayed in the game thanks

to R.L. Horton, who had 19 points. D.J. Newbill scored 14 and Gary

Flowers 12.

Memphis led 64-59 before Ahyaro Phillips scored twice for

Southern Miss to cut it to 64-63 with 12 seconds left. Then Jackson

hit his free throws.