December 29, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) Kourtlin Jackson matched career highs with 25 points and eight rebounds and Southern Mississippi snapped a two-game losing streak with a 66-52 win over Southeastern Oklahoma State on Tuesday night.

Jackson was 8 of 9 from the field and made all four of his 3-point attempts. Raheem Watts added 10 points. The Golden Eagles made 7 of their 16 3-point attempts and outscored the Savage Storm 28-10 in the paint.

Jackson made two 3-pointers in a 12-3 run to end the first half for a 36-21 advantage. The lead dipped to nine points once in the second half but a 3-pointer by Michael O'Donnell and another by Jackson left the Golden Eagles up 18 with 4:49 to go.

Sami Bzai scored 12 points and Anton Cook 11 in a game that was an exhibition for Division II visitors.

Southern Miss (3-8) opens Conference USA play on Saturday at Louisiana Tech.

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