Tigers shock Southern Miss on last-second three, 76-75
Memphis rallies from 18-point deficit in Hattiesburg
It looked like seventh-year coach Larry Eustachy was going to get his first-ever victory over Memphis.
However, the Tigers (14-4, 3-1) had other plans as Josh Pastner's club came back from an 18-point first-half deficit to take a 76-75 victory on Wednesday night at Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg.
Southern Miss (14-4, 3-2), which was on the verge of creeping into the Top 25 after its home win over UCF, was up 29-11 with 7:43 remaining in the first half.
However, Memphis closed the half on an 18-11 run and went into the locker room down 40-29 after Joe Jackson's three-pointer.
The Tigers built a five-point lead with just under three minutes remaining, but the Golden Eagles didn't go down easily.
R.L. Horton fueled a 9-2 run that put Southern Miss up 75-73 with five seconds to go.
Then, the drama came when R.L. Horton missed his second free throw and Memphis grabbed the rebound. The Tigers took the ball and Charles Carmouche nailed a trifecta with 1.2 seconds remaining to deliver the comeback victory against the league's hottest team on its homecourt.
The Tigers took the win despite being outshot 30 to eight at the free throw line and committing 18 turnovers. They did shoot 9-of-17 from beyond the arc, which helped make up for the shortcomings in the other areas.
Will Barton came off the bench to tally a team-high 15 points for Memphis. Tarik Black grabbed eight boards for the Tigers.
Southern Miss was paced by Gary Flowers' 21-point effort. R.L. Horton finished with 18 points and seven rebounds for the Golden Eagles.