January 22, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) Marcus Jackson had 19 points, and Seth Gearhart scored five of his 16 in the final 68 seconds on Thursday night to help Rice beat Southern Miss 58-56.

Norville Carey's dunk with 7:28 left gave Southern Miss (5-12, 0-6 Conference USA), which lost its ninth-consecutive game, a 52-42 lead.

Gearhart hit a 3, Andrew Drone a jumper and Bishop Mency another 3-pointer to pull Rice (6-11, 3-3) within two about 2 minutes later.

A jumper by Carey gave the Golden Eagles a 54-51 lead but a three-point play by Gearhart tied it with 1:08 to play.

Carey found Matt Bingaya for a layup and a 56-54 lead before Gearhart's layup tied it with 41 seconds remaining.

After Bingaya missed a jumper, Jackson made two free throws and Rice led 58-56 with 5 seconds to go.

Bingaya missed a potential tying jumper.

Chip Armelin led Southern Miss with 18 points and Carey added 15.

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