Southern Miss. 60, South Florida 53

Gary Flowers scored 15 points and R.L. Horton added 14 to lead

Southern Miss past South Florida 60-53 in the season opener for

both teams on Friday night.

The Golden Eagles capped the victory with a 16-1 run, rallying

from a 52-44 deficit. D.J. Newbill, who finished with nine points,

put them ahead for good at 55-53 with less than a minute

remaining.

Southern Miss built a 10-point advantage midway through the

first half on the strength of a 12-2 run and led 32-28 at the

break.

Sophomore transfer guard Jawanze Poland led South Florida with

12 points. Jarrid Famous added 10 points and eight rebounds, while

Augustus Gilcrist had 10 rebounds and eight points for the

Bulls.