HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) Jonathan Mills scored 18 points to lead Southern Miss to a 78-74 win over Central Florida on Saturday night.
Mills, who went 12 of 13 from the foul line, scored nine straight points for the Golden Eagles (21-4, 8-2 Conference USA) during a pivotal 14-6 second-half run. The spurt helped Southern Miss recover from a 52-51 deficit after Central Florida took its first lead.
Central Florida (18-7, 7-4) pulled within two points with 47 seconds left, but the Golden Eagles made 10 of their 12 free throws in the final 1:27 to put the game out of reach.
Central Florida's Isaiah Sykes had a game-high 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting.
The Golden Eagles has at least preserved a tie for first place with Memphis with the win.
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