Southern Miss rallies for 81-78 overtime win at Rice
Golden Eagles improve to 13-3 with road victory
Southern Miss was forced to complete two comebacks in order to capture an 81-78 overtime win over Rice on Wednesday night at Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston.
The Golden Eagles (13-3, 2-1) shot just 33 percent in the first half and they found themselves down 34-25 at the break. Rice (8-9, 0-3) knocked down 6-of-11 three-pointers in the game's first 20 minutes.
The Owls' advantage grew to 13 with 16:26 to play when Connor Frizzelle knocked down one of his four trifectas. Frizzelle finished with a team-high 21 points.
Southern Miss sliced into the lead and pulled within five when R.L. Horton hit a jumper with just under nine minutes remaining. The Golden Eagles went ahead for the first time since the 4:21 mark in the first half when D.J. Newbill scored with 2:46 left.
After Arsalan Kazemi hit the first of two to knot the game at 63, LaShay Page made a trifecta to put USM up 66-63 with just over a minute to play. A Kazemi lay-up pulled the Owls within one, but a hoop by Newbill extended the lead back to three.
Connor Frizzelle sent the game to overtime by converting his fourth three-pointer with 18 ticks left in regulation.
Rice outscored Larry Eustachy's club 9-2 to begin overtime and led 77-70 with 2:59 left after two free throws by Tamir Jackson.