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Wednesday's roundup: Southern Miss ousts Eastern

Detroit News wire services

Eastern Michigan watched a 12-point lead in the second half evaporate, falling to Southern Mississippi, 76-65, in the third round of the Women's National Inviatational Tournament on Wednesday in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Eastern Michigan (24-13) led 51-39 with 14 minutes 39 seconds remaining, but Southern Mississippi (25-10) went on an 18-2 run over the next 5:29 to take the lead for good.

Southern Mississippi plays the winner of tonight's Michigan-Missouri game in the quarterfinals.

Janay Morton finished with 14 points to lead Eastern Michigan, while Cha Sweeney added 13 points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals.

UM in WNIT third round

The Michigan women can extend their season Thursday night, taking on Missouri (19-13) in the third round of the WNIT at Crisler Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

Michigan (18-14) advanced with a 74-58 victory Monday over Toledo.

Hurley gets new deal

Bobby Hurley has agreed to a new contract with the Buffalo that will make him the Mid-American Conference's highest paid men's basketball coach, a person familiar with negotiations said.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because officials have not announced the contract restructuring.

Hurley will make more than $550,000 a season, the person said. The person said that while the sides have agreed on the deal, it has not yet been signed as the sides work out final details.

The agreement was reached after the former Duke star point guard led the Bulls to their first NCAA Tournament berth in only his second year on the job. Hurley's immediate success had made him a potential candidate to be lured away by higher-profile schools this offseason.

Buffalo (23-10) was eliminated with a 68-62 loss to West Virginia in the round of 64 last week.

With a 42-20 record, Hurley became Buffalo's first coach to reach 40 wins in two seasons.

Source: Price to Charlotte

Charlotte has hired Mark Price to become their new coach, said a person familiar with the situation.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the hire has not yet been announced.

School officials have scheduled a news conference for today to introduce their coach.

Price, 51, has spent the last two seasons as an assistant for the NBA's Charlotte Hornets. He'll replace Alan Major, who left the program this month amid ongoing medical problems.

Price played 12 seasons in the NBA and was a four-time All-Star. He's been an assistant for five NBA teams.

Slam dunks

Guard Pookie Powell and guard/forward Nick King are transferring from Memphis.

The 6-foot-7 King averaged 7.2 points and 4.8 rebounds this season. King, from Memphis, played in 28 games with seven starts.

Powell, a 6-1 guard from Orlando, Florida, averaged 4.3 points, 2.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds as a sophomore this season.

... Two-time NBA coach Eric Musselman has been named the new coach at Nevada, the school's athletic director said.

Musselman, 50, coached the Warriors from 2002-04 and the Kings in 2006-07. He spent this season as an assistant at LSU.

... LSU sophomore forward Jarell Martin says he'll be leaving the Tigers to enter this summer's NBA draft.

The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 16.9 points and 9.2 rebounds this season and received AP all-SEC first-team honors.

... Montana State coach Brian Fish says junior forward Terrell Brown and two freshmen — center Bradley Fisher and guard Joey Frenchwood — will continue their careers elsewhere. Fish says sophomore forward Ryan Shannon is retiring due to health concerns, but plans to remain a student at the school.

... Alabama-Birmingham officials announced a six-year extension for coach Jerod Haase.

The extension comes on the heels of Alabama-Birminghma's upset victory over No. 3 Iowa State last week in the NCAA Tournament The Blazers won the Conference USA tournament.