Southern Miss beats Louisiana-Lafayette 71-53

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP)—Josimar Ayarza and Gary Flowers combined for 32 points and Southern Mississippi defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 71-53 on Tuesday night.

Ayarza scored 18 points and Flowers added 14 for the Golden Eagles (7-1), who are off to their best start since 2006 when they began 7-0.

Southern Miss held the Ragin’ Cajuns to 16.7 percent from the field in the first half (5 of 30) and led 29-17 at halftime.

The Golden Eagles outrebounded Louisiana-Lafayette 47-32 and didn’t trail in the contest.

The Ragin’ Cajuns (3-5) were led by Chris Gradnigo with 16 points and Tyren Johnson with 14. Louisiana-Lafayette was just 4 of 23 from 3-point range and trailed by as many as 22 points in the second half.

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 LA Lafayette
Tyren Johnson Tyren Johnson
7-17,  14 Pts
7 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Southern Miss
Josimar Ayarza Josimar Ayarza
6-7,  18 Pts
4 Rebs, 0 Assists

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