Southern Mississippi had never won in Louisville's Freedom Hall, and with their leading scorer out with an injury, the Golden Eagles chances looked slim against the Cardinals.
But No. 18 Southern Mississippi got 25 points and 12 rebounds from Clarence Weatherspoon Thursday night to post an 84-81 victory over Louisville in a Metro Conference matchup.The win was the 11th in 12 games for the Golden Eagles, now 6-0 in conference play, and was their first in 12 trips to Freedom Hall.
Southern Miss, playing without leading scorer Darrin Chancellor, out with an ankle injury, led 42-39 at halftime and had to hold off the Cardinals in the final seconds.
Daron Jenkins added 17 points for the Golden Eagles, Bernard Haslett, who started in place of Chancellor, had 13, Johnson 12 and Ron Rembert 11.
Everick Sullivan's 26 points paced Louisville, which dropped to 7-8 overall and 1-5 in the conference. LaBradford Smith added 18 and Cornelius Holden 16.
Louisville trailed by two, 81-79, with 47 seconds remaining but Smith missed a pair of jumpers and committed an intentional foul with 14 seconds to play. Jenkins then made two free throws with 14 seconds left to seal the win.
Elsewhere in the UPI Top 25, No. 3 Indiana topped Michigan 70-60; Fourth-ranked Ohio State downed Minnesota 80-70; No. 5 Arizona edged Stanford 78-76; No. 10 UCLA was upset by Oregon State 97-96 in double overtime; No. 17 Utah nipped Colorado State 55-51; No. 22 New Mexico State tripped San Jose State 88-58 and Georgia Tech thumped Clemson 89-68.