Southern Miss. 78, Louisiana Tech 62

Maurice Bolden scored 17 points and Jonathan Mills had 16 as

Southern Mississippi defeated Louisiana Tech 78-62 in a

nonconference game Saturday night.

Bolden scored the first five points for the Golden Eagles (7-2)

and had 10 in the first half, in which Southern Mississippi shot

51.6 percent (16 of 31) and took a 42-29 lead into

intermission.

In the second half, Southern Mississippi led by as many as 21

points and by double digits for all but 33 seconds.

Angelo Johnson added 13 points and Torye Pelham had 10 for

Southern Mississippi, which finished the game shooting 50.9 percent

(29 of 57) to 38.2 percent (21 of 55) for the Bulldogs (4-5).

Bolden had seven rebounds and also blocked four shots.

Trevor Gaskins scored 15 points to lead Louisiana Tech, which

also got 11 points from Cordarius Johnson and 10 from Lonnie

Smith.