Tyree Griffin scored a career-high 29 points with five assists and Cortez Edwards had 19 points and 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double as Southern Miss put away North Texas 85-78 Saturday, winning its second straight.
Roosevelt Smart dropped in a 3-pointer that cut the Southern Miss lead to 76-70 with 59.2 seconds on the clock, but D'Angelo Richardson and Edwards combined for six straight free throws and a 10-point lead before the Mean Green scored again.
Dominic Magee scored 13 points with eight rebounds for the Golden Eagles (11-10, 4-4 Conference USA) and Eddie Davis scored 10 points in 12 minutes.
Ryan Woolridge led North Texas (10-10, 3-4) with 20 points and nine assists. Smart scored 18 points and Tope Arikawe added 13 points and 12 rebounds – his first career double-double.
The Golden Eagles hit 46.4 percent of their shots from the field while UNT hit 45.9.
USM will next travel to Louisiana Tech on Jan. 27.