Southern Miss 80, Louisiana Tech 56
BILOXI, Miss. (AP)—Courtney Beasley scored a career-high 27 points to lead Southern Mississippi to an 80-56 win over Louisiana Tech on Wednesday in the Gulf Coast Classic.
Beasley was 12-of-19 from the field and helped the Golden Eagles (7-3) remain unbeaten in the three-day, round-robin tournament on the Mississippi coast.
The Bulldogs (2-8) have lost six of their last seven games.
Southern Miss was down by five points when Beasley and Jeremy Wise contributed to a 16-2 run to close the first half with 37-28 lead. Wise finished the game with 20 points.
Southern Miss built on its lead with an 8-2 run to open the second half, but Tech cut the deficit to nine with 12 minutes to play. Then Beasley’s 3-pointer started a 10-0 run to put the game out of reach for Louisiana Tech.
Kyle Gibson’s 14 points led Louisiana Tech and J.C. Clark added 11.
The tournament concludes Thursday when Southern Miss takes on Alcorn State and Louisiana Tech meets New Orleans.
New Orleans beat Alcorn 103-74 earlier Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Louisiana Tech beat Alcorn 78-69 and Southern Miss beat New Orleans 84-62.