Southern Mississippi center Carlos Booker grabs an offensive rebound while Tulane center Morris Jordan covers him from behind on Saturday.
Jan. 15, 2000
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Sterling Davis stole a pass and hit the game-winning shot with no time remaining to give Tulane a 54-53 win over Southern Mississippi on Saturday.
Southern Miss (10-4, 1-2 Conference USA) led 53-51 with six seconds left in the game after a dunk by Vandarel Jones. After the basket, David Wall threw the inbound pass down court in an attempt to hit Carlos Booker and run the clock out for Southern Miss.
Davis, however, stole the pass and dribbled past half-court and banked a 40-foot shot off the backboard to win the game for the Green Wave (11-3, 1-3).
Wall and Jones led Southern Miss with 13 points. Kilavorus Thompson and Tobias Brinkley added 10 for the Eagles.
Dylan Osean scored 10 points for Tulane.
The game-winning shot capped off a great second-half performance by Davis. He scored all 15 of his points in the second half.
Tulane held a 16-15 lead early in the game after a pair of free throws by Brandon Spann.
Southern Miss took a seven-point lead with 3:28 remaining in the first half when Tobias Brinkley made a dunk. The Green Wave closed the gap and trailed just 29-27 at the half.
The Golden Eagles started the second half with a 13-1 run and led 42-28 with 14:13 remaining after a layup by Cauthen.
Davis gave Tulane its first field goal of the second half with 13:18 remaining on layup and made a jumper in the key with 55 seconds remaining to tie the game at 51, setting up the wild finish.