Scores

Final

Southern Miss 70

(27-6, 13-3 C-USA)

Louisiana Tech 88

(27-6, 13-3 C-USA)

    Coverage: CBSSN

    7:00 PM ET, March 14, 2014

    Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas

    1 2 T
    USM 26 4470
    LT 32 5688

    Top Performers

    Southern Miss: M. Craig 19 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast

    Louisiana Tech: K. Smith 16 Pts, 3 Reb, 10 Ast, 2 Stl

    Louisiana Tech advances past Southern Miss 88-70

    Associated Press

    EL PASO, Texas -- Alex Hamilton scored 18 points as Louisiana Tech eliminated Southern Miss 88-70 in a Conference USA semifinal game on Friday.

    The Bulldogs will face Tulsa (20-12), which defeated Middle Tennessee 76-69, in the final on Saturday.

    Louisiana Tech (27-6) trailed by one after Michael Craig's dunk at 3:37 in the first gave Southern Miss (27-5) a 21-20 lead. But the Bulldogs went on a 12-5 run to close the half, including 3-pointers by Hamilton and Kenyon McNeail, to lead 32-26 at the break.

    Hamilton drilled back-to-back 3-pointers to start the second as the Bulldogs used a 19-7 run to open a 51-33 lead. Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall called timeout and his team scored the next nine points, but La Tech turned it around and ran off 10 straight points to keep the Golden Eagles at bay.

    Five Bulldogs scored in double figures; Craig led Southern Miss with 19.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    USM
    LT
    Points 70 88
    FG Made-Attempted 30-56 (.536) 27-58 (.466)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-13 (.308) 12-25 (.480)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-8 (.750) 22-36 (.611)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 17 (0/0)

    2013-14 Season

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