TULSA, Okla. (AP) Dwayne Davis and Jerrold Brooks scored 11 points each, and Jonathan Mills grabbed 11 rebounds as Southern Mississippi won its ninth game in a row, beating Tulsa 62-59 on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles (17-4, 6-0 Conference USA) have won 11 of their last 12. They owned a 44-29 rebounding edge and outscored the Golden Hurricane 24-10 in the paint.
Southern Miss led for the final 12 minutes, but Tulsa pulled within 58-57 on Pat Swilling Jr.'s 3-pointer with 1:48 left. Neil Watson made a free throw with 19 seconds left for the Golden Eagles, and Jonathan Mills made three free throws in the final 8 seconds. Tulsa got off one last shot but missed before the buzzer.
Swilling led Tulsa (12-9, 4-3) with 14 points. James Woodard had 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals, Kauri Black scored 12 and Scottie Haralson added 11 points for the Golden Hurricane.
In a season with plenty of lows and only a few highs, Davis Bertans has been a very pleasant surprise for the Wizards this season.
Thursday night against the Sixers, Bertans got insanely hot from three-point land in the first half. He hit six straight from three and the led a 29-11 run by the Wizards that gave them a 10-point lead over one of the best teams in the East.
He scored 22 points in just 17 minutes of play and was single-handily roasting a top-three defense in the NBA.
The Wizards acquired him from the Spurs using a trade exception, meaning all they gave the Spurs in return for his services was salary cap relief.
Watching the game after undergoing finger surgery, Jordan McRae was loving the show Bertans was putting on against Philly.
Roughly 20 games in, he's proved to be the Wizards' second-best player behind Bradley Beal.
He's unfortunately a free agent after this season, so if the Wizards want to retain his sharp-shooting prowess they'll have to pay a decent sum with a relatively weak free-agent class.
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John Wall isn't expected to return to the court for the Wizards this season, but his recovery from Achilles surgery seems to be going well.
Before Washington played to host to the Sixers Thursday night, Wall was dunking in his pre-game workout doing his patented left-handed slam.
With Wall out for the year, the Wizards have taken the opportunity to develop their youth in Rui Hachimura, Troy Brown and Moe Wagner in high-pressure situations.
The last time Wall played for the Wizards it was with a stale roster that needed re-shuffling. When he comes back, presumably at the start of next season, he'll have an exciting new group to dish assists to every night.
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