NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Matt Bingaya and Aaron Brown each finished with 14 points, pacing Southern Miss past Tulane 68-51 Thursday night to clinch a share of the Conference USA regular-season title. The Golden Eagles share the top spot in the standings with Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee.
LORMAN, Miss. (AP) - Ray Penn scored 17 points, while Aaric Murray and Madarious Gibbs each added 14 as Texas Southern defeated Alcorn State 77-69 Thursday night. The Tigers shot 52.4 percent from the field, hit eight 3-pointers and had a 10-2 advantage in fastbreak points.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Brandon Ellis scored 19 points and Jeremy Crutcher added 16 points and nine assists as Alabama A&M defeated Jackson State 72-59 Thursday night. Arthur Capers and Justan Banks added 13 points apiece and Banks also had a season-high 13 rebounds for the Bulldogs.
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - Tra'Cee Tanner scored 17 points, older sister Tyrese Tanner had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Auburn pulled away late to beat Mississippi 70-54 in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday night. Auburn led only 54-52 midway through the second half before an 8-0 run stretched the lead to 10 points.
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