HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) Cortez Edwards scored 13 of his 22 points in the first half and Southern Miss got off to a big start and defeated Alabama A&M 69-54 on Wednesday night.

Tyree Griffin added 15 points and Eddie Davis III had 10 for the Golden Eagles (6-4), who won their third straight.

Julian Walters had 11 points and Marcus Merriweather 10 for the Bulldogs (0-10), who lost their 13th straight dating back to last season.

Alabama A&M scored the first four points of the game but the Golden Eagles reeled off the next 11 and followed a Bulldogs' basket by scoring 12 more to lead 23-6 midway through the first half. Southern Mississippi shot 53 percent and opened a 44-23 lead at the break.

The difference in the second half never dipped below double figures.

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