Southern Miss. 80, New Mexico St. 72

LaShay Page scored 22 points, shooting 9 of 12 from the field,

to lead Southern Mississippi to an 80-72 victory over New Mexico

State on Friday night in the third round of the Great Alaska


After trailing the whole way before halftime, the Golden Eagles

(4-1) pulled ahead by as many as 10 points late in the second half.

They went up for good early in the half when Page hit a jumper to

break a tie at 48.

Southern Mississippi advanced to Saturday’s championship, where

it will face Murray State.

Maurice Bolden added 17 points and Neil Watson 12 for the Golden

Eagles while Jonathan Mills came off the bench to pull down a

game-high 11 rebounds.

Christian Kabongo led the Aggies (4-1) with 19 points, shooting

15 for 15 from the free-throw line. Wendell McKines added 17 points

and Tyrone Watson 10 for New Mexico State.