Southern Miss. 57, Tulane 47

Gary Flowers had 17 points and 14 rebounds as Southern Miss

defeated Tulane 57-47 in the first round of the Conference USA

Tournament Wednesday.

Southern Miss, the sixth seed, will play third-seeded UAB in a

quarterfinal matchup Thursday.

The Golden Eagles (19-12) never trailed against Tulane, scoring

the first eight points.

Torye Pelham’s three-point play – a dunk and a free throw – put

Southern Miss up 19-8 with 10:45 left in the half. They led 25-16

at halftime.

The Golden Eagles’ biggest lead was at 41-27 in the second half.

The Green Wave (8-22) never got closer than eight points the rest

of the way.

Pelham and Angelo Johnson scored 11 points for Southern Miss,

which made just 33 percent of its shots (19-for-58). Tulane, which

struggled even more at 31 percent (19-for-62), got eight points

apiece from Kris Richard and Johnny Mayhane.