Draine scores 24 to lift Southern Miss over UTEP 77-47

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - LaDavius Draine had a career-high 24 points as Southern Miss easily beat UTEP 77-47 on Saturday.

Draine shot 8 for 10 from the floor, including 7 of 9 from behind the arc.

Leonard Harper-Baker had 12 points and nine rebounds for Southern Miss (17-9, 9-5 Conference USA), which earned its sixth straight victory. Tyree Griffin added 12 points and eight assists.

Southern Miss dominated the first half and led 54-12 at the break. The Miners' 12 first-half points marked a season low for the team.

Nigel Hawkins had 15 points for the Miners (8-17, 3-11). Gilles Dekoninck added 11 points and seven rebounds. Efe Odigie had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

The Golden Eagles and the Miners next take the floor in the Conference USA Tournament.