Southern Miss

Boykins, Jean lead LaTech to win in C-USA opener

Southern Miss coach Doc Sadler
Southern Miss coach Doc Sadler Submitted

Jacobi Boykins scored 18 points with nine rebounds and Derric Jean had 18 points and six assists to lead Louisiana Tech to a 79-55 win over Southern Miss on Sunday in a Conference USA opener for both teams.

Erik McCree added 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulldogs (9-5), who won their first true road game this season.

Quinton Campbell scored 16 points and Bilal Abdur-Rahim 12 for the Golden Eagles (3-10), who made only 4 of 22 3-pointers and committed 15 turnovers.

Southern Miss, after falling behind by 20 early in the second half, went on a 20-5 run to get within six with 9 1 / 2 minutes to go but Boykins scored four points to begin a 9-0 spurt and then two free throws to start an 16-2 run to solidify a double-digit lead.

Southern Miss led only at 2-0 before Jean hit consecutive 3-pointers.