Sothrnmiss 31 40 15 86
Ecarolina 35 36 11 82
Date of game: 2/16/2013

Recap: East Carolina vs. Southern Miss

Greenville, NC (Sports Network) - Dwayne Davis scored 23 points to lead the Southern Miss Golden Eagles to an 86-82 overtime victory over the East Carolina Pirates in a Conference USA matchup at Minges Coliseum.

For the Golden Eagles (20-6, 9-2 C-USA), Neil Watson added 17 points and Jonathan Mills finished with 14 points, as both pulled down eight rebounds.

Akeem Richmond led the Pirates (14-10, 5-6) with 25 points, while Miguel Paul scored 22 points and Robert Sampson posted a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

ECU took a 35-31 lead into the break by knocking down 7-of-18 from beyond the 3- point arc while shooting 41.9 percent from the field overall in the half. USM connected on 50 percent of its field goal tries to start the contest but had trouble from the perimeter, missing all five of its 3-point tries.

In the second half, the Golden Eagles again shot 50 percent from the field. The Pirates connected on 47.8 percent and 5-of-13 from 3-point distance in the half. USM trailed for almost the entire half and was still down 10 with 4:37 to play in regulation, but finished the half on a 14-4 run. USM's Davis drained two free-throws with 28 second remaining to knot the score at 71-71 and a jumper by ECU at the buzzer was off the mark, sending the game into overtime.

In the extra session, the teams traded leads before a jumper by Davis put the Golden Eagles up for good with 1:45 left in overtime. USM made 6-of-8 from the free-throw line in the final minute of overtime to seal the victory.

The Golden Eagles did most of their damage in the paint, outscoring the Pirates 54-18 down low. They also had a 40-30 rebounding advantage over ECU.

Game Notes

Memphis, Fuente agree to extension

With the school's first bowl appearance in six years on the horizon, Memphis announced Thursday it has awarded head football coach Justin Fuente with a contract extension.

Reports: Padres acquire Norris from A's

The San Diego Padres' busy offseason continued on Thursday when the club acquired power-hitting catcher Derek Norris from Oakland, according to multiple reports.

Bulls' Rose out sick against Knicks

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose missed Thursday night's game against the New York Knicks due to an illness.

Crosby back in lineup

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was in the lineup for Thursday's home game against the Colorado Avalanche.

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