Coogs top Southern Miss to reach C-USA title game

TULSA, OK McNeil was fouled after each of his rebounds on back-to-back possessions for the sixth-seeded Cougars (18-15) after Southern Miss cut a seven-point deficit to two in the final three minutes. He converted three of his four foul shots to give Houston just enough cushion to hold on.

Coleman, who averages 25.9 points, had a steal and five free throws in the final minute to clinch it for the Cougars.

Houston, the only team to defeat regular season champion UTEP during conference play, will face the top-seeded Miners again in the finals Saturday.

Gary Flowers led Southern Miss (20-13) with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

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