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Griffin, Edwards lift Southern Miss over North Texas

Southern Miss guard Tyree Griffin during the game at South Alabama on Nov. 29, 2017.
Southern Miss guard Tyree Griffin during the game at South Alabama on Nov. 29, 2017. Special to the Sun Herald

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.

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