Tulane Washes Out Southern Miss

Brandon Brown scored 20 points and Tulane made 56 percent of its shots Tuesday night in a 70-61 victory over Southern Mississippi. The Green Wave (10-5, 2-2), who had lost four of five, held Southern Miss to 34 percent shooting. Waitari Marsh had 11 points and Brandon Spann added 10. Brown was 6-for-9 from the field and 8-for-8 from the line. He has scored 49 points in the last two games. Elvin Mims had 15 points, 11 in the final eight minutes, for the Golden Eagles (6-8, 1-3), who lost for the fifth time in six games. Brad Richardson had 16 points to lead Southern Miss. Linton Johnson's 3-pointer with about 9 minutes left gave Tulane a 49-35 lead. But Southern Miss chipped away, led by Mims, who scored eight straight points to cut the lead to 53-46 with 5:33 left. Mario Myles' layup made it 55-50 with 3:38 remaining, but the Golden Eagles would get no closer. Myles finished with 13. Johnson slammed through a missed free throw on the ensuing possession to start an 8-2 run that put the game away. The Green Wave ended the first half on 19-7 run, during which Southern Miss went 4 minutes without scoring. Ben Benfield made a 3-pointer from just inside the midcourt line at the buzzer to give Tulane a 34-26 halftime lead. Mims, Southern Mississippi's leading scorer, scored four points in the first half after picking up two quick fouls.