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Southern Mississippi forward Andre Stephens, left, gets in front of Auburn forward Korvotney Barber to attempt a shot in the first half of action in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Tuesday. Southern Mississippi won 56-54.
AP photo by Steve Coleman
Southern Mississippi forward Andre Stephens, left, gets in front of Auburn forward Korvotney Barber to attempt a shot in the first half of action in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Tuesday. Southern Mississippi won 56-54.

Last-second shot sinks Auburn

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Courtney Beasley’s 15-foot jump shot with 3 seconds left gave Southern Miss a 56-54 win over Auburn on Tuesday.

It was the 10th straight home win for the Golden Eagles (10-2) this season and 11th consecutive at Green Coliseum.

The Tigers (10-5) are the first Southeastern Conference team to visit Hattiesburg in 11 years.

Beasley’s game-winning shot came just seconds after Auburn’s DeWayne Reed tied the game with a 3-pointer.

Southern Miss guard Jeremy Wise scored 14 of his game-high 22 points in the first half as the Golden Eagles built a slight 24-22 lead at intermission.

The Golden Eagles went on to take as much as an eight-point lead early in the second half, and led by 52-46 with 2:22 to play before the Tigers rallied.

Beasley finished with 11, while Dwayne Green had six rebounds.

Reed and Frank Tolbert each scored 11 for Auburn, and Quan Prowell had a game-high nine rebounds.

Southern Miss held Prowell, Auburn’s leading scorer, to five points — 10 less than his average.

Auburn had won four of its last five, and all four of its previous losses this season were to teams ranked in the Top 25.

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