Courtney Beasley scored 17 points and Sai'Quon Stone added 16 to lead Southern Mississippi in a second-half rally that beat cold-shooting East Carolina 72-62 on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles (13-11, 5-5 Conference USA) trailed 36-32 at halftime after the Pirates (8-15, 2-8) shot 52.2 percent, including a 7-for-12 effort from 3-point range. In the second half, East Carolina went stone cold, hitting just four field goals out of 25 shots while Southern Mississippi took command behind 50 percent shooting.
"I thought for 30 minutes we executed our offense pretty well," said Pirate head coach Mack McCarthy. "In the second half we got shots that we wanted, but we just couldn't get anything in."
Gabe Blair's basket just 11 seconds into the second half extended East Carolina's halftime lead, but the Pirates didn't score their next field goal until a 3-pointer by Cory Farmer at 14:13. Still, East Carolina led 44-41.
A 21-7 run ignited by a Gjio Bain basket with 12:49 remaining put the Eagles in command.
Jeremy Wise scored 12 points and R.L. Horton added 11 for the Golden Eagles.
Darrell Jenkins had 13 and James Legan 10 for East Carolina .