Richardson's buzzer-beater caps two huge Southern Miss comebacks in win
Emotional night kicks off final home weekend
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- An 11-point deficit with five minutes to play and a six-point margin in overtime paved the way for D'Angelo Richardson to drain a deep three-pointer in front of his bench with fractions of a second on the clock, and Southern Miss won 69-66 over FIU in overtime on Thursday night.
The Golden Eagles were scoreless in that extra session until Quinton Campbell connected on a three-pointer with 1:27 left that cut the deficit to 66-63. A missed bonus free-throw on the other end led to another Campbell triple, his 28th points of the game (career-high).
FIU turned it over on the following possession, and that is where it all began for the walk-on and his only field goal of the night.
"Cortez [Edwards] was driving and he kicked it, and I knew I had the shot," Richardson said. "I thought the first one was going in, but once it missed I was focused on getting back and keeping them from scoring. Cortez gets the rebound and it hits the back of the rim. Quinton tapped it back and it came back off very slow, so I'm still getting back. But once I saw I could run to it, I went and got the shot, and I knew it was going in. I was then focused again on stopping them from scoring, and once our team stormed the court, I knew it was over."
It was a 52-41 lead for the Panthers until a powerful 15-0 run by Southern Miss. Edwards knocked down a trey with 5:03 left. Bilal Abdur-Rahim's one-handed put-back dunk got the Golden Eagles within 52-48 at the 3:48 mark, and it was all tied up with 2:36 to play after Edwards, for the second time of the night, got a steal at half-court and took it home for a dunk.
Campbell's layup with 1:45 left gave Southern Miss a 56-52 lead, its largest lead of the night.
Richardson, who was perfect on four free-throw attempts, tallied a pair with 29 seconds left that gave his team a three-point lead, but Eric Nottage connected from long-range with 18 seconds left to force overtime.
FIU led 22-15 at halftime, meaning Southern Miss tripled its scoring output in the second half (45-38).
The Golden Eagles have one final home game on Saturday at 4 p.m. against Florida Atlantic. There will be a pregame ceremony honoring Quinton Campbell, Michael Ramey and Raheem Watts as seniors.
"These guys made a decision to come here," head coach Doc Sadler said. "They are all going to leave with a degree. There will be three guys on that basketball court representing this school the way any coach would want them to. They have played their tails off."
-Quinton Campbell's 28 points were a career-high and the most by a Golden Eagle on the year. He upped his home Thursday C-USA game average to 24.5 ppg.
-The Golden Eagles were 11-for-12 from the free-throw line (season-high 92 percent), all in the second half.
-Cortez Edwards picked up his third double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds). He now has four double-digit rebounding performances.
-Edwards' four steals were the most by any Golden Eagle on the year.
-He also has 12 games of five assists or more.
-Edwards and Campbell each played 44 minutes, season-highs for the Golden Eagles.
-Southern Miss is 2-0 in overtime games this year after being 0-3 last season.
-The 10 made three-pointers were one off a season-high (11 vs. Tulane).