Southern Mississippi beats UCF 77-53

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)—Courtney Beasley and Jeremy Wise scored 19 points apiece as Southern Mississippi defeated Central Florida 77-53 in the opening round of the Conference USA tournament on Wednesday.

R.L. Horton and Craig Craft also added 16 points apiece for the 11th-seeded Golden Eagles (15-16), who will face No. 3 seed UAB on Thursday. Craft had 11 rebounds and Beasley grabbed nine boards, leading Southern Mississippi to a 38-25 rebounding advantage.

A.J. Tyler scored 16 points to lead the Knights (17-14), who were 5 of 28 from 3-point range.

On the day he was named C-USA Player of the Year, Jermaine Taylor managed only 15 points, going 5-for-16 from the field for the Knights. The nation’s third leading scorer at 26.6 points per game also went 1-for-8 from 3-point range.

Taylor’s 29.1 scoring average in C-USA games this season set a league record.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Southern Miss
Courtney Beasley Courtney Beasley
7-9,  19 Pts
9 Rebs, 3 Assists
 UCF
A.J. Tyler A.J. Tyler
6-11,  16 Pts
6 Rebs, 0 Assists

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