Feb. 19, 2007
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -Courtney Beasley and Jeremy Wise scored 22 points apiece as Southern Miss beat Houston 74-69 on Monday night in a Conference USA game that was critical for the Golden Eagles' postseason chances.
Southern Miss (17-8, 7-5) is already assured of its first winning season in six years. The win was the Golden Eagles' 14th at home, a new record in the 42-year history of Green Coliseum, and one shy of the school record set in 1951-52.
The Cougars (14-12, 8-4) have lost two of their last three games. Oliver Lafayette scored a career-high 30 points in the loss for Houston.
With his first basket of the game, Wise set a freshman scoring record for most points in a season by a first-year player. He now has 426 points.
Wise sealed the game with a steal and a lay-up and added two key free throws in the final 40 seconds.
After trailing 30-22 at halftime, Houston cut the deficit to one twice in the second half. The last time came with six minutes to play, but the Cougars never pulled even.