HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Jerrold Brooks scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half as Southern Mississippi rallied to defeat UTEP 45-39 Wednesday night.
Each team posted a season low for points.
The Golden Eagles (21-6, 10-2 Conference USA) have won 10 league games for an unprecedented two consecutive years.
Southern Miss led 10-9 before UTEP closed out the first half on a 13-6 run. The Miners led 27-18 with 16:33 left, then went cold.
UTEP didn't make another field goal until Julian Washburn's jumper with 12:52 left gave the Miners a 29-24 lead. Their next field-goal drought lasted more than 9 minutes, as the Golden Eagles went on a 17-2 spree.
Southern Miss shot 33.3 percent (16 of 48), making 5 of 22 3-pointers, while the Miners shot 30 percent (15 of 50) and were only 4 of 26 from long range.
McKenzie Moore's 12 points led UTEP (14-11, 7-5).
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
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