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Late layup beats UAB in overtime

The Associated Press

Jeremy Wise hit a driving layup in heavy traffic with one second left in overtime to give Southern Mississippi a 57-55 victory over UAB in Birmingham on Saturday.

Wise, one of four freshmen in the Southern Mississippi 8-man rotation, led all scorers with 22 points. Sai’Quon Stone added 12 points for the Golden Eagles (12-5, 2-2 CUSA). Southern Mississippi snapped a 4-game losing streak to UAB.

Paul Delaney III scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead UAB (10-9, 2-3). Lawrence Kinnard and Wen Mukubu added 13 points each for the Blazers.

The loss broke a 19-game home winning streak for UAB. The school record home streak remains 20 games. UAB’s record in overtime games this season fell to 3-1.

A running floater by Wise gave Southern Mississippi a 50-48 lead heading into the final minute of regulation. Delaney hit two freethrows to tie it 50-50, with 22.8 seconds left.

A 5-second call on Wise gave UAB a chance to win it. But Delaney missed a 20-foot jumper at the buzzer, sending the game into overtime.

Wise’s driving basket gave Southern Mississippi a 55-52 lead midway through the extra period.

But Frank Holmes dunked on an offensive rebound to bring UAB to within one point. Holmes hit the second of two freethrows with 30.2 seconds left to tie the game and set up Wise’s game-winning shot.

Jacksonville 67, Morehead St. 62: Courtney Bradley had 24 points in Jacksonville State’s victory.

The Gamecocks (5-14, 3-7 Ohio Valley Conference) used an early 17-0 run to take control of the game and held off a late run by the Eagles (10-8, 6-4 OVC) to pick up their second win in as many games in league play.

Bradley was 7-for-14 from the floor and knocked down 9-of-11 attempts from the free throw line to lead three JSU players in double figures. Nick Smith scored 14 points in the win, while Will Ginn added 10 points.

The Eagles were led by Maze Stallworth, who matched Bradley’s game high with 24 points, in large part because of a 4-for-6 effort from behind the 3-point line.

Shaun Williams scored 13 points, the only other MSU player in double figures.

The Gamecocks led by as many as 16 late in the first half and led 33-22 at halftime.

Samford 55, Eastern Kentucky 46: In Birmingham, Travis Peterson led all players with 21 points and Randall Gulina had 14 points to lead Samford.

Peterson also had eight rebounds for Samford, (11-8, 8-2 Ohio Valley Conference), extending its home winning streak to nine-straight games.

Mike Rose finished with a team-high 14 points for Eastern Kentucky (10-8, 5-5 OVC) on 5-of-10 shooting from the field.

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