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February 20, 2008
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) ? Jeremy Wise scored 22 points to lead Southern Miss to an 81-61 win over SMU on Wednesday.
Wise scored 18 points in the first half as Southern Miss (14-11, 6-5 Conference USA) used a pair of big runs to take control of the game. The Golden Eagles have won four of their last five games.
The Mustangs (8-16, 2-9) have lost three in a row and five of their last six.
The Golden Eagles went on a 17-3 run early in the game to take a 23-9 lead midway through the opening half.
The Mustangs cut the deficit to 27-20 thanks to a pair of baskets by Jon Killen, but then Southern Miss went on a 19-2 run over the last seven minutes of the half.
Wise had nine points in the second run, including a 15-foot jumper with 45 seconds to play that put him over the 1,000 point mark in his career. Wise is just a sophomore and became the 31st player in school history to score over 1,000 points.
The Golden Eagles lead 46-22 at halftime and put to rest any hopes the Mustangs had of making a comeback by outscoring SMU 12-3 to begin the second half.
R.L. Horton added 18 points and Courtney Beasley chipped in 13.
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