Memphis St. 68, Mississippi St. 64
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) _ Andre Turner’s layup basket with 23 seconds remaining let No. 3 Memphis State rally from a late five-point deficit Monday night and escape Southern Mississippi 68-64 in a Metro Conference basketball game, stretching the Tigers’ unbeaten string to 18 games.
Vincent Askew tipped away an inbounds pass and the ball was fed to Turner, who scored a basket to break a 64-64 tie. Baskerville Holmes added two insurance free throws with four seconds to play.
Behind Derrek Hamilton, Southern Mississippi took a 64-59 lead with 2:15 to play, but Memphis State got three late points from William Bedford and a couple of steals to rally.
The victory pushed Memphis state to 4-0 in the conference while Southern Mississippi fell to 9-8 overall and 1-4 in the Metro.
Neither team led by more than six points and Southern had a chance to pull into a six-point lead with a 1:43 to play. But Hamilton missed the first shot on one-and-one free throw and Holmes got an inside basket to cut the lead to 64-62 with 1:23 to play.
Beford’s turnaround basket with 35 seconds to play forged the 64-all tie.
Bedford led Memphis State with 24 points, and Holmes added 17.
Hamilton topped Southern Mississippi with 18, followed by Michael Jett with 16, Kenny Siler 13 and Randolph Keys 12.