Southern Miss routs Dillard 87-55

By Jeff Shepard – bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS (AP) - Maurice Bolden scored 18 points and was one of 11 players to score for Southern Miss in an 87-55 win over Dillard on Wednesday night.

The Golden Eagles (9-3) shot 61.5 percent from the field in the first half and built a 46-23 halftime lead.

Southern Miss then used its depth and a 49-27 rebounding margin to put the Blue Devils away in the second half.

Josimar Ayarza scored 17 and Buchi Awaji added 13 for the Golden Eagles, who improved to 4-0 against NAIA opponents.

Southern Miss won by its second largest margin of the season after losing to Canisius and North Florida.

Cornice Wingate scored 16 to lead Dillard, which counted the game as an exhibition.

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