Friday February 13th, 2015

Southern Mississippi played the last 48 seconds of Thursday's game against Florida International with four players.

Southern Mississippi only dressed seven players for the game and three of those players fouled out.

The Golden Eagles were left with four players when sophomore guard Matt Bingaya fouled out with less than a minute remaining in overtime.

FIU won the game 73-71 and Southern Miss could have forced double overtime but guard Chip Armelin, who led the Golden Eagles with 24 points, missed a potential game-tying shot at the buzzer.

Southern Miss is under an NCAA investigation into possible recruiting violations committed under former coach Donnie Tyndall, who now coaches at Tennessee.

Kentucky is the clear-cut NCAA tournament favorite

Two starters, guard Rasham Suarez and forward Jeremiah Eason were already out, having been ruled ineligible by the NCAA last month. Two other players also did not suit up for the game.

Southern Miss is 6-17 (1-11 Conference USA) this season under first-year coach Doc Sadler. The program will not participate in the postseason after a self-imposed ban, amid the NCAA investigation.

- Scooby Axson

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