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Duruji's 23 points leads Louisiana Tech in C-USA opener

RUSTON, La. (AP) Anthony Duruji scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Louisiana Tech won its seventh straight on Saturday, 71-56 over Southern Miss in the Conference USA season opener for both teams.

JaColby Pemberton had seven boards and hit four of Louisiana Tech's 12 3-pointers in scoring 14 points. Daquan Bracey added 11 points with six assists and the Bulldogs (11-3, 1-0) held Southern Miss to 32 percent shooting to improve to 8-0 at home.

The first of Amorie Archibald's back-to-back 3-pointers amid an 11-0 run put the Bulldogs up for good, 8-5, and Louisiana Tech led by as many as 11 in the first half. Southern Miss closed to 30-27 on Cortez Edwards' jumper with 1:43 left, but Bracey's 3 put the Bulldogs up 33-27 at halftime.

Duruji hit a jumper and back-to-back 3s amid a 24-6 Bulldogs run for a 24-point lead with 13:42 to play and the Golden Eagles got no closer than the final score.

LaDavius Draine scored 13 points and Edwards added 10 for Southern Miss (8-5, 0-1).

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Key Players
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Field Goal %
Three Point %
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Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo Southern Miss 8-5 272956
home team logo Louisiana Tech 11-3 333871
Team Stats
away team logo Southern Miss 8-5 72.7 PPG 38.2 RPG 16.9 APG
home team logo Louisiana Tech 11-3 72.3 PPG 39.2 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
55
T. Griffin 14.0 PPG 3.5 RPG 7.1 APG 43.9 FG%
4
D. Bracey 15.5 PPG 3.2 RPG 4.0 APG 42.6 FG%
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0 3PT FG% 0
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Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
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